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The deadline for applying to the Disability Sports Grants Programme has now passed.
We received hundreds of applications from people playing a wide variety of disability sports and donated over £10,000 to a number of worthy causes.
This funding aims to support and nurture disabled people and teams playing and supporting inclusive sport. Find out more about the grant and one of the groups that benefited from it below.
There are 12 million people with disabilities in the UK but only one in six takes part in sport regularly, which is something we want to change as part of our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign.
Our work with clients following serious injury has shown us time and time again the enormous impact that sports can have, helping individuals achieve their potential in an environment that is both fun and challenging.
We’re proud of our partnerships with Paralympic star Hannah Cockroft, England Amputee Football Association, Boccia England and a whole host of individuals, clubs and charities up and down the country.
They reflect our commitment to supporting not just our clients in their rehabilitation, but also the community as a whole. Our goal is to promote the profile of disability sports across the country and make it something that everyone can be part of.
One of the groups we funded under the scheme was NYL Community Group, a Leeds-based organisation that provides sports coaching for children with disabilities and learning difficulties across Yorkshire.
NYL is run by James and Connor, who organise multi-sports fun days that involve activities such as football, basketball, boccia and table tennis. They’re committed to giving children the chance to try out sports they might not have had the chance to do before.
The grant from Irwin Mitchell has helped them run more of these fun days, which otherwise they might have struggled to continue.
James said: “We’ve managed to put on two and they’ve been well-received, but the cost of running them has prevented us from putting on as many as we’d like. This money will help us provide five or six more.”
Senior Associate Cathryn Godfrey, a specialist in serious injury claims at the Leeds office, said: “We were so impressed with their drive and determination. We hope this will inspire others to realise that disability needn’t be a barrier to sports.”
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