Last month, we entered a competition run by charity Made by Sport, who raise awareness of the power of sport to change lives. They launched a video competition for all sports clubs at the grassroots level to explain the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on them and their ability to support young people.
A wide range of sporting clubs from across the UK entered the competition before Disability Sports Coach were chosen as one of the worthy winners of £5,000.
This amazing support will enable us to continue delivering our hugely popular #DSCAtHome programme, which has reached almost 4,000 people through our free online activity sessions, sports equipment packs and activity guides for disabled people. The donation will also help us to open our clubs again when safe, so disabled people can enjoy weekly sports activities.
Justin King, Chair of Made By Sport, said: “We’re delighted to be presenting the winners of the #ClubsInCrisis competition with our support packages as they will have a positive impact on the lives of the young people involved who love these clubs so much.
“Throughout this competition, we were in awe of the many brilliant clubs across the country who have put their heart and soul into surviving this pandemic despite receiving little or no support from local and national government.
“We know these clubs play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of young people and that is why we were absolutely thrilled to support Disability Sports Coach, Sheffield Diving Club and Wimborne Amateur Boxing Club, who are all deserving winners and truly showed how the power of sport can change lives.”
Peter Ackred, CEO of Disability Sports Coach, said: “We are delighted to receive a fantastic donation of £5,000 from Made By Sport as part of their #ClubsInCrisis competition.
“We know just how powerful community sport can be in improving the mental and physical health of disabled people. We are determined to keep people engaged, connected and active with our range of online activities, especially as the latest restrictions mean many sports clubs remain closed.
“With partners like Made By Sport, we can continue to change lives and open our community clubs again when safe.”