WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO!
We are the charity Sports Driving Unlimited! Based in south west Scotland, we provide opportunities for anyone with a disability, terminal illness or additional need, to enjoy the exciting world of pony carriage driving. We have an ever growing list of people who want to take part so we need to expand our activities. Based in a rural area, there are few opportunities for people with additional needs to enjoy the health benefits of the outdoors and participate in a sport that is accessible to all. We also encourage those who can, to develop their skills so they can compete both locally and nationally in this inclusive and exhilarating sport. Being self-funding we are heavily reliant on donations and grants in order to continue the specialised work we undertake. The costs associated with taking part are beyond the financial means of many people particularly because of the specialised equipment and the extra grooms that are required to ensure the activity is safe as well as enjoyable.
Every year we are approached to deliver more sessions for people with additional needs. Please help us to extend these opportunities for more disadvantaged individuals to access pony carriage driving. We want to increase the number of coaching sessions available to a wider number of clients some of whom want to develop the skills they require to reach competition level against non-disabled competitors. There are few sports where those with a disability are able to compete against able-bodied competitors. Experience shows that they can be very successful, often beating their able-bodied rivals with the resultant boost to confidence and self-esteem.
We want to crowdfund to secure more individual driving lessons for some of the most vulnerable members of our local community who have already embarked on mastering the skills of carriage driving and have reached the level whereby they are able to participate in competitions at local, regional and national level for both indoor and outdoor carriage driving.
SPORTS DRIVING UNLIMITED wants to:
- Support disabled and non-disabled people to come together in the community and to learn from each other on an inclusive platform.
- Increase opportunities for our individuals to reach competition level against non-disabled counterparts.
- Improve physical and mental health and promote a sense of achievement for those with impairments, terminal illnesses or are disadvantaged.
This is what people say about us:
"Since I started to drive my confidence has rocketed and I am a totally different person due to the sport.”
“Having MS and being disabled means lots of sports activities are out of bounds, which is one of the reasons I enjoy driving. I also get an upper body workout at the same time as well as meeting friends and making new ones. As time went on I found that my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds and I now enjoy it immensely and am becoming quite good at it.”
“It is a safe, fun and new environment for our kids to learn and develop many essential life skills. It gives them an opportunity to experience a different social setting – experiencing the outdoors, an opportunity that many would otherwise not have. Carriage driving allows the children to build and develop their confidence and self awareness. They develop their communication skills in new ways and settings. They listen to and respond to instructions in an enjoyable yet meaningful learning experience. Carriage driving also allows many children to develop their muscle control and strength and work on their posture. Above all, everyone enjoys it and gets more out of it than can be put into words.”
In sports carriage driving people can experience a wealth of physical (improved core strength, coordination) and mental health benefits which are conducive to enhancing wellbeing. The charity is fully run by volunteers so you know that all of your donation will go to providing the activities that give so much pleasure to youngsters with additional needs. The therapeutic benefit of contact with ponies is now well documented. Please help us to bring this pleasure to more people with additional needs.