Vote to Bring Life Changing Opportunities to SportsAble Members

Berkshire residents are being urged to get behind SportsAble in a bid to help them win £200,000 in a national competition launched by a leading housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, with the aim of giving £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.

Thirty finalists are now competing for the top prize with the winner to be announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Thursday, March 22. One individual or group will scoop £200,000, while two runners-up will win £50,000 each. Each of the 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.

SportsAble, which specialises in disability sport, has been chosen to represent Persimmon Homes North London in the final and it is now up to the public to decide on the winner with online voting under way for six weeks until March 16.

People can vote for SportsAble here:

SportsAble’s CEO Kerl Haslam, who is also a sports volunteer and Wheelchair Basketball Coach, comments: “We are proud of what we do here at SportsAble. We treat everyone as an individual and work with them towards personal goals, whether that be using sport to gain independence and confidence following an accident or illness, or providing accessible playtimes for disabled children.

“We are urging people to take the time to vote for SportsAble in this competition as such a large amount of money will bring about a positive change to so many lives across the region.

“If we win the £200,000, it will help us to invest in programmes that will encourage more young people to engage in regular activity, bring more sport to our current membership and we will be able to reach out to the more isolated sectors of the community.

It costs £300,000 per annum to run the facility, and we charge a heavily subsidised annual membership in recognition of most people’s limited incomes and therefore rely heavily on fundraising and grants and the support of the public.”

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge of Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Healthy Communities scheme, and the incredible talent, expertise and dedication shown by all the organisations that entered.

“The aim of the scheme is to help create a sporting legacy, and we believe SportsAble could do this if they win the £200,000. We would urge local people to get behind this group by adding their vote online, as the work they do is tremendous.”

People can vote for SportsAble here:
As part of the scheme thousands of groups and individuals applied for monthly donations of £750 to pay for kit and equipment. As part of their entry they had to say what they would spend the £200,000 on if they were lucky enough to win the top prize. Persimmon Homes North London gave away £6,000 locally as part of this and nationally, Persimmon’s 30 businesses donated £180,000.