What an extraordinary year 2017 was for WheelPower and for disability sport as we continued our passion for sport and physical activity and provided many opportunities for disabled people to lead healthy active lives.
Sport can develop confidence and improve fitness but it’s also a great way to have fun and make friends. There are tremendous physical and psychological benefits, whatever your age or ability and that’s why more and more people are attending our events.
Although more disabled people are playing sport today than there were last year, there is still much work to do to ensure that all disabled people have the opportunity to access sport or physical activity in their local community. Today, just 24.2% of disabled people play sport regularly, compared to 46.6% of non-disabled people.
During 2016/17 WheelPower’s support enabled 78,259 disabled people access sport or physical activity through our events and programmes at our home at Stoke Mandeville Stadium or through our outreach work around the country.
We are working in six Spinal Injury Centres throughout the UK, supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of recently disabled people. We organised more Sports Camps for disabled children and adults than ever before, and our work with Motivate East is giving disabled children and adults from some of the most deprived areas in East London the chance to be more active.