Since 2010 the disability charity Within Reach and Sheffield City Council have worked in partnership to secure funding from Sport England to support a range of disability sport and physical activity projects across the city. During this period over 7000 people have been engaged in hundreds of activity sessions. These sessions have been delivered directly by coaches from Sheffield City Council, and by volunteer-led disability sports clubs that have been supported through funding from the project.
In the context of an end to Sport England funding, the winding down of involvement of Within Reach due to the retirement of its chair Michael Elliott, and the reduction in Sheffield City Council’s role in sports provision, there is also a need to think through how opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity can be retained and expanded. The Disability Sport Network has been developed to continue progressing disability sport and physical activity provision across Sheffield.