Community participants enjoy Disability Festival of Sport

Community participants enjoy Disability Festival of Sport

The Burnley FC in the Community Disability Development team was delighted to attend the Premier League and BT Disability programme’s special ‘Festival of Sport’ event at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury recently to celebrate the first successful year of the Premier League and BT’s partnership.

The ‘Festival of Sport’ was hosted by BT presenters Abi Griffiths and Jake Humphrey, and saw participants from twenty clubs, who run the Premier League and BT Disability programme, take part in a range of different sports, including athletics, boccia and basketball, each developing their own skills throughout the event by recording their best times and results at each sports station.

The three-year Premier League and BT Disability programme aims to inspire disabled people through sport and will see the organisations work together to provide funding to Premier League clubs to create more opportunities for disabled people across England and Wales.

Since the Premier League and BT Disability programme was launched at the London Stadium last September, clubs have engaged over 10,000 disabled people and 27% of those taking part in club sessions have been female.

Burnley FC in the Community is proud to offer the thriving Danny Ings Disability Sport Project. Currently 22% of the population of Burnley have a disability, with the project boasting 5 key strands, Competitive Sport, Recreational Sport, SEN/Mainstream School Sport, Disability Awareness and Disability Access with the aim of creating a positive environment for people with disabilities to develop both physically and socially to build on their capacity to integrate into society and overcome preconceived misconceptions.

Burnley FC in the Community Disability Development Officer, Lewis Rimmer said: “It was great to have the opportunity to take a number of participants from The Danny Ings Disability Sport Project down to the home of the Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Seeing so many children from all over the country access sport in such a positive environment, regardless of the severity of their impairment, is everything that the PLBT Disability Fund aims to achieve. I would like to thank the organisers, volunteers, parents/carers/guardians and last but not least the children who couldn’t of made myself and the Disability Development team any prouder!”

Jake Humphrey, BT Ambassador, said: “It’s amazing to see all of these young kids, giving it their all, and just having a brilliant day. There’s a good competitive spirit.”

“The important thing, is that without this Premier League and BT initiative, a lot of these groups wouldn’t be put on because it just costs so much money and the finances simply wouldn’t be there. You come on a day like this and you see that absolutely it is making a difference. It’s really important.” 

Nick Perchard, Head of Community at the Premier League said: “The Festival of Sport was designed to bring together the inspiring individuals from clubs who have been taking part in disability sessions over the past season, to share their stories and experiences, whilst also trying a range of different sports.”

“The event has been the perfect way to celebrate the first year of the partnership with BT and to showcase the great inclusive work that clubs are delivering week-in-week-out. I look forward to seeing how this programme continues to develop over the next two years.”

Burnley FC in the Community was among a number of Community Clubs to attend the event with representatives from Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur plus many more showing their support on the day.

To find out more information about Burnley FC in the Community’s Danny Ings Disability Sport Project please contact our Disability Development Manager Lewis Rimmer on 01282 704716 or l.rimmer@burnleyfc.com.