A disability sports programme called ‘Hit The Top Heroes’ is being run by UK youth charity, The Change Foundation, to seek to inspire and inform young people with a disability, aged under 13, their parents and teachers, the benefits of participating in disability sport.
The Change Foundation is a UK youth charity that uses sport and dance to change the lives of marginalised and at risk young people.
The HTTH project is being delivered by five young leaders and coaches (the Heroes!) each with a variety of disabilities. They work with an inspire and engage other young people with a disability aged 13 and under to the benefits of participating in sport and help to improve their physical and mental well-being, whilst increasing their confidence and independence. Work is also being done in mainstream schools to experience what it is like to have a disability.
A key part of the programme has been the Multi-Sports Festivals that have been organised and so far taken place at iconic sporting venues such as The Copper Box (at The Olympic Park), Lord’s cricket ground, The David Beckham Academy (London) and The National Sports Centre. These festivals have seen over 300 young people (excluding parents and teachers) taking part and enjoying cricket, football, rugby, indoor rowing, athletics, indoor cycling and even some boxing! The festivals provide a supportive, competitive environment through which young people can test their skills against others.
It is hoped that the project will engage with over 1000 young people through a combination of the sessions in schools and the sports festivals.
David Smith, Programme Manager for the project and from The Change Foundation, said: “It is fantastic to have so many young people taking part and leading in this programme. And with the festivals at such brilliant sporting venues they provide a perfect background to inspire young people to be who they want to be and not what society thinks they should be.”
For more information visit www.thechangefoundation.org.uk