The Sports Foundation for the Disabled has funded some amazing projects and individuals over the last two years. Take a look at these stories for some sporting inspiration…
Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust
We funded this water sports and activities centre in Plymouth in November 2016 to help them purchase a disability-specific Canoe Bell-Boat. With their funding of £888 they were able to successfully deliver Bell-Boating sessions to children with disabilities in partnership with Special Schools in Plymouth. The sessions provided an amazing water-based sensory experience and a boost to their self-confidence. The children enjoyed their time so much they joined canoe clubs in the local area. Furthermore, Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust has now established a new partnership with the disability networking organisation, ‘Friends and Families’, which has enabled them to maintain strong connections with their community.
We funded Swansea Storm Wheelchair Basketball Club in October 2016; they received £774 to develop their junior squad. The club used the funding to deliver development sessions, purchase equipment and qualify coaches. Following on from the sessions, six new players were recruited to their junior squad, and one player now represents Wales in the Under 15 squad.
“This funding has really helped us provide the specialist attention that the junior players require, which in turn gives a really bright future for their social and physical development. Whilst for the club, it gives us a great future ahead of us as when they are old enough, they can join in with the senior teams and help everyone develop.” (James Coyle-King, Secretary)
We funded Jordan Margery, International Long Distance Para Swimmer, in August 2016 to help her realise her ambition to become an Open Water Para Swimmer. Jordan received £759.99 to contribute towards competition costs and equipment. Later that year she competed in the Swim Serpentine British Open Water Championships and took gold, completing the 1.7km course in less than 26 minutes. She is now looking to compete in Europe.
We supported Para Triathlete, David Hill, at the Rio Olympics in August 2016 by contributing £1,000 to help him purchase a new time trial bicycle. Despite the tough journey to compete in the Olympics due to injury and rehabilitation, and the incredibly difficult racing conditions, David managed to finish amongst the Top 10 best triathletes in the world!
“I can’t believe what I have achieved. I’m so proud to have made history as one of the first triathletes to compete in the Paralympic Games, all performed on the stunning back drop of Copacabana beach…The belief and generosity of the Foundation charged me to reach that finish line as fast as I could, and I will be forever thankful.” (David Hill, Para Triathlete)