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.
Firstly, by investigating the benefits of engagement on participants, their families and carers, volunteers and coaches; and how these benefits contribute to meeting Sport England’s wider outcomes of sports participation including physical and mental wellbeing, individual, social, community and economic development.
Secondly, by understanding the strengths and downsides of the design and delivery of the Sport England funded projects in order to build upon the legacy, and to learn lessons to inform the development of a new infrastructure to support disability sport in the future.