Looking Back on Eight Years of Support from the National Lottery Fund
This year, we are celebrating eight years of support from The National Lottery through the National Lottery Community Fund.
The Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.
We are incredibly lucky to have received over £860,000 in funding from the Community Fund since 2013, which has helped us to run our weekly Community Clubs and other inclusive sport projects across London.
Through this vital support, The National Lottery has played a key role in our work empowering disabled people with the chance to keep active and connected with friends.
Thanks to the National Lottery, we’ve reached over 20,000 disabled people across London with the power of inclusive sport, which is so important for mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Check out this video to get an idea of some of the work the Fund has supported, and hear from a couple of our longstanding members saying a huge thank you to everyone who has played over the past nine years and helped us to spread the joy of inclusive sport across London and beyond! https://youtu.be/ZidwU9vxsx8
Join us at the Wandsworth Olympics!
With the Paralympics approaching next month, we’re gearing up for a summer of inclusive sport! As part of our Inclusive Summer of Sport throughout August, we are excited to be running a series of Paralympic-themed inclusive sport sessions in Wandsworth in partnership with Enable.
These fun sessions will give attendees the opportunity to try a variety of exciting inclusive and accessible sports, including football with The Fulham Foundation, tennis with the LTA, athletics with Herne Hill Harriers, hockey with Flyerz plus multi-sports, dance and much more.
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Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity to find out more about the disability sports on offer and find out about local development opportunities for the activities that catch your eye.
Come along to experience Paralympic sports and find out about disability sport opportunities in Wandsworth and beyond!
These sessions are being held from 3:30-5:30pm on Tuesday 3rd and 10th August at Shillington Gardens. You can book a FREE space today via Eventbrite, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join our Inclusive Summer of Sport!
Disability Sports Coach presents our Inclusive Summer of Sport, a series of Paralympic-themed sessions in-person and online throughout August celebrating our community.
Our Inclusive Summer of Sport is a series of pan-disability sports events celebrating the Paralympics, and the power of community in making sport inclusive.
Every summer, we host an inclusive festival to bring together members and friends of our Community Clubs across 14 London boroughs, but this year we are taking a hybrid approach.
Our Inclusive Summer of Sport is all about celebrating the grassroots disability sport community. After 18 months of lockdowns, facilities are finally open, and many are beginning to feel confident enough to return to in-person sport.
So, we are transforming our Community Clubs into a summer festival of inclusive sport, whilst also holding some special online sessions for those who still feel safer at home.
The role of community in providing inclusive sport activities for all
If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that community is a key factor in getting disabled people active in a long-term, sustainable way.
Our community research found that over 50% of members felt the COVID-19 restrictions had caused them to be less active. However, around 75% also said that being part of their local Disability Sports Coach Community Club made them feel less isolated.
By bringing the community together to play sport and have fun, our sessions create a sense of belonging, whilst motivating members to keep coming back to see their friends, meanwhile making physical activity a part of their daily lives.
Our 2021 Summer Festival will showcase our community at its best, demonstrating the importance of continuing to invest in inclusive sport at the grassroots level.
What to expect…
Throughout August, we will be running a series of special Paralympic-themed sports days at our Community Clubs across London, along with additional events in collaborations with partners.
We are also running an Virtual Inclusive Sport Festival on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th August, which will consist of online sports sessions like dance and boxing, creative activities such as baking, influencer sessions, a panel and celebratory opening and closing ceremonies.
More exciting information will be released on our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram over the coming weeks, so keep yourself updated.
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