Charity & Fundraising
Official Charity Partner Access Sport enhances the life prospects of disadvantaged and disabled children by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport. Working in the most deprived urban areas, Access Sport builds and develops community sports clubs, led by inspirational volunteers, to provide life changing opportunities for local vulnerable young people, whilst creating lasting, locally-owned community resources.
Cycle for Access Sport to give someone their WINGZ!
Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme, 2015 winner of the BT Sport Community Programme of the Year, is leading the way in making youth cycling exciting and accessible for the most hard to reach young people.
WINGZ is the inclusive branch which ensures disabled young people have the opportunity to experience the thrill of BMX too!
Since Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme began in 2011, Access Sport has engaged over 17,000 young people in BMX cycling; any money you raise in this event really will help grass roots sport in the community.
Here are three different ways you can show your support…
- Tick to fundraise for Access Sport when you complete the online entry form and you will receive some fundraising tools and incentives from the Access Sport team to help get you started
- Donate online when you complete the online entry form
- Set up a JustGiving page here
How your support will help
There are many young disabled people in London who have never had the opportunity to learn to cycle. But with your vital fundraising and donation(s) you can help to give more young disabled people their WINGZ.
- £10 helps us to work in communities where the need is greatest
- £50 funds 12 weekly BMX coaching sessions for a young disabled person
- £75 will buy a helmet
- £150 helps to buy a specially adapted “strider bike” for a young disabled person
And now, here’s a little more information about how, through BMX, you can give a young disabled person their WINGZ…
WINGZ: Deaf friendly BMX
Current sport participation among young people with a hearing impairment is just 9.7% – the lowest of all impairment groups (Sport England Active People Survey 10).
With the introduction of WINGZ BMX, Access Sport is helping to change that.
Check out the short video to find out more about our deaf friendly sessions…
“It was amazing, it was just great to feel the wind just rushing through your face so fast!” – young participant.
WINGZ: Overcoming barriers
Despite Team GB’s Paralympic success, there are 164,800 fewer disabled people playing sport since London 2012 (EFDS Active People 10 Factsheet, 2016).
Providing a block of 12 BMX sessions can enable a young person to learn the life skill of cycling as well as develop on many more levels. And that’s exactly what a local SEN school group in Greenwich did at their local track in Hornfair Park.
The group was made up of young people with a variety of impairments, including Dylan, a young man with Dwarfism and Adam, a young wheelchair user. What they did share however was a genuine love for sport, despite often facing barriers to participating.
Plenty of adaptations were made during the session to ensure all needs were catered for, including giving Adam the opportunity to ride the track in his powered wheelchair, whilst a young girl used a trike, and Dylan used a small single geared bike.
The school have reported that the results of their WINGZ BMX sessions have been astounding and quite inspirational! In the initial sessions one young boy Kieran couldn’t cycle at all but is now cycling the full track with confidence…and there is simply no stopping Dylan!
There is no obligation to fundraise if you want to take part in this event, but we would love you to raise as much money as possible to help the great work Access Sport do. No portion of the entry fee goes directly to the charity and the money received comes from fundraising undertaken by participants.
Access Sport is registered charity number 1156819