Patrons

Disability Sports Coach work with a small number of patrons who help shape our current thinking and future aspirations. We are extremely grateful for their constant support.

Will Bayley

World Champion Table Tennis Player

Paralympic gold medalist Will Bayley is a proud patron of Disability Sports Coach. Having burst on the Table Tennis scene in Beijing in 2008, he went from strength to strength, winning a gold medal at the 2011 European Championships in Croatia.

At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London Will took silver in the Mens Class 7 Singles and bronze in the Class 6-8 Team Event in London, taking credit for half of Team GB’s Table Tennis medal haul!

He went one step further by winning gold at the 2014 World Championships in Beijing and 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

In 2017, Will was awarded an MBE for services for Table Tennis and in 2019 he appeared in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Will says "DSC provide great work in the community for disabled people. I'm a very proud patron and pleased to be part of their incredibly important efforts"

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

World Champion Table Tennis Player

Paralympic gold medalist Will Bayley is a proud patron of Disability Sports Coach. Having burst on the Table Tennis scene in Beijing in 2008, he went from strength to strength, winning a gold medal at the 2011 European Championships in Croatia.

At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London Will took silver in the Mens Class 7 Singles and bronze in the Class 6-8 Team Event in London, taking credit for half of Team GB’s Table Tennis medal haul!

He went one step further by winning gold at the 2014 World Championships in Beijing and 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

In 2017, Will was awarded an MBE for services for Table Tennis and in 2019 he appeared in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Will says "DSC provide great work in the community for disabled people. I'm a very proud patron and pleased to be part of their incredibly important efforts"

Kate Grey

Kate Grey

Former Paralympic Swimmer & Athlete Mentor

Former GB Paralympic Swimmer, Athlete Mentor and BBC Sports Broadcaster Kate Grey become the 4th Paralympian to become a Disability Sports Coach Patron and further pledged her commitment to improving community sport for disabled people.

Kate knows being active has changed her life for the better and wants everyone to have the same opportunities, "I'm very passionate about working with communities to get people active and living healthier lives regardless of their ability. Being active and involved in sport has changed my life for the better and provided so many opportunities."

Having originally attended DSC Summer's Festival 2016, Kate was impressed with the sheer number of people engaged regardless of their background.

"Disability Sports Coach are brilliant at providing endless opportunities for disabled people, that in the past would have been ignored or overlooked. I want to work with DSC to make sure people from all walks of life are able to access the same opportunities."

After supporting the charity as a patron, Kate also became a Trustee of the charity in 2018.

Ben Quilter

Ben Quilter

Former World Champion Judo Player

Ben Quilter, former European and double World Champion Judo player has become the latest athlete to become a DSC Patron. With over 15 years of international competition experience, Ben added a Paralympic Bronze medal to his trophy cabinet at the London 2012 Games.

Looking ahead Ben said, "I am delighted to be part of DSC and their Community Club programme, and am looking forward to inspiring people with disabilities getting more active."

Susie Rogers

Susie Rogers

World Champion Paralympic Swimmer

Susie Rodgers is a Paralympic swimmer based in London. She swims in the S7 category and has amassed a total of 20 international medals since her GB team debut in 2011.

Her achievements include being a five time European Champion, a multiple British and European record holder and winning three bronze medals at her first Paralympic Games in London 2012.

Susie won three further medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, including a gold medal in the 50m Butterfly event. She was awarded an MBE in 2017.

She is proud to be a patron of Disability Sports Coach alongside her fellow Paralympians.

"It is great to be on board with DSC and I really look forward to watching the development and progress of the organisation as it grows. Physical activity has always been a huge part of my life, even before I decided to become an elite athlete. It can change lives at every level."