SportsAble Announces New Leadership Team and Launches Christmas Appeal

SportsAble prepares for 2020 and another Paralympic Year

SportsAble, the disability sports club in Braywick, Maidenhead, is strengthening its leadership team with four new appointments and launching its Christmas Fundraising Appeal. Both announcements come as the Club looks forward to celebrating its 45th year of delivering disability sport in 2020, which is also the year of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The new appointments are:

Chairman, Asghar Majeed- Former Mayor of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Deputy Chair, Julia Chester – Former charity Director

Trustee, Lance Stevens – Business owner

Trustee, Helen Legg – SportsAble member and keen shooter

Kerl Haslam, SportsAble CEO says: “The new Board brings fresh energy and drive to SportsAble. The Club is looking forward to 2020, its 45th anniversary year, and to the Tokyo Paralympics, the 12th Paralympics in which the Club has had representation. Disability sport will once again have a global platform and inspire more people to get active.”

Chairman Asghar Majeed is a longstanding friend of SportsAble having been closely associated with the Club in his capacity as a local Councillor for many years and during his term as Mayor of the Royal Borough.

Asghar says, “I am delighted to take the Chair of SportsAble. This organisation has long been a powerful advocate for the benefits of disability sport and I am proud to be part of the team taking it forward into the next decade.”

SportsAble’s Christmas Fundraising Appeal has also launched, with the Club inviting people to its open day at its Braywick Park Centre on 7th December from 12-4pm. Everyone is welcome to visit the club, try some disability and inclusive sports plus enjoy a mince pie and hot refreshments. The Club needs £1,000 a day to provide disability sport at a discounted rate for its members, which is why it works hard to raise money. This year, the Christmas Appeal has a fundraising target of £200,000.

Chairman Asghar Majeed concluded: “SportsAble receives no central funding and only a very small percentage of its operating expenses from local public funds, the large majority being raised by the efforts of the Club and the generosity of the local community.   In the increasingly competitive market for charitable funds, these have fallen away over recent years so we hope the Christmas Fundraising Appeal will help us to address this shortfall.”

If you would like to make a donation to SportsAble, this can be done via our Just Giving page here