With a Little Help from our Friends….    Area Organisers Needed

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We’re proud to advise that Sportability now operates in 13 regions of the UK, and we are looking to expand!

The growth of the Charity had been driven by a network of key volunteer supporters – our Area Organisers. If you’ve ever been to a Sportability event chances are you’ll be there because of them.

These are our local ‘heroes’ based out in the regions, who source Service Providers, organise the events, act as our Ambassadors, provide information, stimulation and inspiration to people in their region. They are the face, the heart and soul of Sportability. And we need more!

To get a flavour of what’s involved here’s a piece written twelve years ago by our first ever AO, Jane Tindle.

 Little did I know how one piece of paper could change my life for me. This one sheet of paper was a press release from Sportability announcing a new activity programme for the disabled, taking, place at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

Well as a 42 year old lady with MS, I was always on the look out for new experiences and the sports available seemed to be just ‘up my street’. For the first time in my life I got onto a quad bike and nervously and slowly made my way round the track. Steadily my confidence grew and so did my enjoyment.

Well that was just the beginning. I then took part in another quad biking session, two Sunday mornings of canoeing and two attempts at archery.

Later that summer I introduced several of my friends from the local MS branch to quad biking and archery and the look of pleasure on their faces was worth a million dollars.

They started asking me to let them know when the next event was. So, biting the bullet I got in touch with Sportability and offered my services as a voluntary Midlands Area organizer.

Since then I’ve really got into it and we’ve a regular programme of sailing, canoeing quad-biking archery, clay pigeon shooting and snow-mobiling. I’m particularly proud of that last event because it is the first time the charity has ever organized this and it was a great success.

I’m now working on fishing and go-karting for the tail-end of this summer.

So, to all of you readers out there I’d say: “Go on, give it a try. If I can do it, so can you.”

Where Jane pioneered the process we now have a fantastic group of AO’s around the regions. BUT we need more! So, if you would like to get involved, or to help out the existing crew, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You could be the key that unlocks the sporting opportunities in your local area. And that, as you’ll know, can make a huge difference to so many lives.

Just call or e-mail the office and we’ll take it from there. We’d love to hear from you and get you involved.

Thanks

David and the Team