SportsAble provides a valuable service to people across Berkshire and beyond, promoting and delivering the many benefits of an active lifestyle to people with a disability.

To highlight how the charity is supporting both local and national government on the delivery of its sports strategy and to showcase the positive impact the organisation has on individuals and the wider community, SportsAble compiled an inaugural Impact Report. Moving forwards the report will be produced annually, to provide a running commentary of the charity’s valuable contribution to an active, healthy community.

Here are some of the report highlights.

  • SportsAble enhances physical, mental and social in the vast majority of case (96 per cent)
  • If SportsAble did not exist, over 40 per cent of members would be completely inactive
  • In 68 per cent of cases, involvement with SportsAble has led to the development of friendship groups, helping to combat loneliness experienced by many people with a disability
  • In more than half of the cases (51 per cent), SportsAble has enabled members to look towards the future with positivity
  • Average term of membership is 5 years (compared to an average mainstream gym membership of just 10.9 months)
  • 26 per cent of the membership has been a paying member for more than a decade
  • A quarter of the membership travels 10 miles or more to use the facilities despite the fact that 67 per cent of members are reliant on others to transport them to and from the Club
  • 40 per cent of the membership is aged 60 or over

Read the full report here SportsAble Impact Report 2018 (FINAL COPY)

 

It costs SportsAble in excess of £300,000 a year just to open our doors and operate. We need that amount – and more – to continue to help people in the south east with physical and sensory disabilities reach their sporting goals and to help newly diagnosed people regain confidence and dignity through sport and the social benefits that come with it.

If you are keen to help us bring disabled people out of isolation and into a positive, life changing environment, and if you are keen show your support for the next generation of Paralympians, world class athletes and national champions, please think of SportsAble and get in touch.

To make a one-off donation send a cheque to SportsAble, Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead SL6 1BN.

There are many other ways in which you can help.

How you can help

  • Choose us as your company/school chosen charity of the year
  • Join our team of volunteers
  • Sponsor an athlete or team
  • Hold a fundraising event for us
  • Hire our Outreach services, where we come to you and run accessible sports sessions
  • Display our literature in your place of work or leisure
  • Become a member
  • Donate items for our raffles and auctions
  • Donate items for our members to use such as nearly new sporting goods and mobility items
  • Remember us in your Will
  • Invite one of our many Paralympians along to do a talk
  • Spread the word – tell your friends, families, colleagues and neighbours about our great charity and all that we achieve