Step inside the doors of SportsAble and you will hear countless stories about how our club has transformed the lives of children and adults living with disability and physical ailments, by providing them with a unique environment created exclusively to meet their needs.
Incredibly, 83% of people living with a disability were not born with it, they gained it either through a life-changing illness or accident. The most common age for life-changing accidents is 18-35, while those people over the age of 35 are more likely to acquire it through a life-changing illness.
Whether someone is born with it, or acquired it, facing the reality that life will never be the same again can be very traumatic and leave them, and their friends and family, feeling frightened about the future. If left alone, this can lead to hopelessness, depression and isolation. In fact, half of disabled people claim they suffer from loneliness.
At SportsAble, we don’t think this should be the case. It was this belief that led a group of passionate individuals to form a club specifically for disabled people to get together, have fun, play sport and support each other. This vision became a reality in 1975. John Jenkins, one of the founder members, remains our President today.
Inside SportsAble, members are encouraged to focus on what they ‘can do’ rather than what they can’t. Some speak of the relief of being part of a Club where disability is normal. This environment builds confidence, self-esteem and provides the springboard for individuals to launch into a fulfilling life with hope for the future. It is life-changing.
We love to tell these stories because other people hear them and believe that they too can live life to the full and achieve things they never thought possible.
Some stories talk about lives saved from isolation and depression, others tell of the discovery of amazing sporting talents that were laying dormant until trying sport at SportsAble. We offer over 13 sports so members often try a few before finding the one they love.
Whether our members want to come to the Club to see a friendly face and have a chat and a coffee; play sports for fun, or even train hard for sporting excellence, we are here every step of the way.
We are proud to say SportsAble has sent members to every single Paralympic Games since 1976, and one of our members, Tamas Gaspar, is training to make Team GB for Tokyo 2020.
For us to keep the doors of SportsAble open and our sports sessions running, we have to raise over £1,000 every day! We don’t receive any formal Government funding, rather we rely on the incredible fundraising efforts of our members, friends, supporters, corporate partners and grants.
We think these stories are important ones tell and we want to keep writing them. We are asking for your help by making a donation to SportsAble.
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