Rotary Great Britain & Ireland

Our partnership with Rotary

The charity has historical roots with Rotary, Sir Ludwig Guttmann WheelPower’s founder was a member of Aylesbury Rotary club.  While developing what has become the Paralympic Games, Guttmann gained support from the club to raise the money to build Stoke Mandeville Stadium during the 1960s and fund some of the first international sporting opportunities for wheelchair users. 

Rotarians up and down the country have supported WheelPower and in 2012 raised over £115,000 for WheelPower to fund specialist sports wheelchairs for athletes along with training and coaching opportunities for disabled children and recently injured adults at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. 

Our partnership with Rotariy also increases awareness about the tremendous health and social benefits of sport and physical activity for disabled people and we are most grateful for their support.

Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland celebrates the achievements of young people at the annual Rotary Young Citizen Awards.

Launched in 2007 in association with the BBC News Channel, the awards recognise young people under the age of 25, who have demonstrated their commitment to citizenship through various activities.  The awards can be for individuals or groups, for projects that showcase and celebrate the positive citizenship and important responsibilities assumed by many young people in Great Britain and Ireland.

Rotary Young Citizen winners receive trophies and a prize of £500 at the Rotary Annual Conference, where the awards are presented live on the BBC News Channel. Later in the year, the winners visit the BBC News TV studios in London and the Houses of Parliament.

WheelPower has partnered with Rotary to present the Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award this year.  The award celebrates the positive citizenship and important responsibilities assumed by many young people under the age of 25.  An individual or group can be nominated for the award.

Criteria for nomination for the Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award 2019 are:

1. The individual or group nominated must have made a positive social impact on a community through action and be a positive role model for others.
2. Must be able to demonstrate the importance of sport in transforming their life.
3. The nominee must have shown a determination, dedication and commitment in their chosen sport.
4. Athletes in receipt of UK Sport podium level funding are not eligible for this award. 
Nominations can be submitted by Rotary clubs, wheelchair sports associations or spinal rehabilitation centres.  Click here to download a nomination form and the guidance pack.

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The partnership will give Rotarians some excellent opportunities to work together with WheelPower. Projects include fundraising, volunteering at our sport events for disabled people, and a joint initiative to organise wheelchair relays in districts and clubs. 


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