The Surrey Sports Fund provides funding to help people to access and enjoy sport who would not otherwise have the opportunity. This may be due to a disability, or challenging financial circumstances.
Grants are awarded to fund costs such as specialised equipment, coaching and other costs associated with the provision of sports activities.
Examples of grants from the fund:
Disability Initiative – £2,000
Disability Initiative specialises in the provision of services to adults with complex physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury. The charity supports service users with continuous assessment and monitoring, initially through the early stages of disability as the person and their family come to terms with such a radical change, and then through the provision of ongoing support.
This grant will support the charity to continue to provide non-contact boxing sessions to clients who attend the service. The grant will help address the needs of up to 20+ physically disabled or brain injured clients each week but will also be beneficial to the 70+ disadvantaged young people who currently attend the local boxing gym who access this resource.
Clients who have attended the boxing sessions to date have reported an improvement in their fitness, mobility, co-ordination, and general well-being. Attention, focus and concentration are all required when boxing which are essential building blocks for improving social, cognitive and emotional skills.
Friends of Papercourt Sailability – £2,500
Friends of Papercourt Sailability provide the provision of recreational sailing facilities for disabled people, providing a particular benefit to young and middle aged disabled men and women, giving them optimism and hope with an ability to show themselves and others what they can achieve aided by the progressive awards scheme that we have introduced.
This grant supported an outboard motor driven WheelyBoat to enable more disabled participants to get on the water, watch the wildlife, get closer to racing events and enjoy a different environment. The boat is designed so that a suitably competent wheelchair occupant can drive the boat under supervision of the person in charge.