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It is the outcome of sport that is a key thing

Disabled people are known as ‘the world’s largest minority’. And it’s not by chance, the cost of living with a disability can increase household poverty, which means disability is not an issue limited to individuals. Exclusion and stigma, low incomes, and high costs of rehabilitation and care, all create a vicious circle that holds back not only individuals with impairments, but their families and children too.

Taking part in physical activity is important to all of us and for disabled people, an active lifestyle can significantly help improve their health and increase social interaction. The Jason Roberts Foundation’s disability programme is providing sporting opportunities for disabled people in Brent.

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The disability programme targets the Borough’s most marginalised children and young people aged 12-25 years many of whom have learning and/or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and health conditions.

With funding from the John Lyon Charity and Peter Harrison Foundation, we have been able to meet with local schools, referral units and like-minded organisations in Brent, London, to ensure community ownership and develop greater community cohesion.

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At the meetings, we have also discussed ongoing disability work and how we can build on the already existing partnerships to extensive our outreach work across Brent to engage a broad range of young people including those living with a disability.

The JRF have worked with SEN schools in the UK and Grenada since 2008, where we together with our delivery partners, The Golf Trust, Meadow School, Ark Academy and DASH, have engaged with young people through sport, including; golf, basketball, goalball, boccia, seated volleyball and football.

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JRF engage, support and enable young people, through sport, to enjoy positive activities and develop valuable life skills including;  teamwork, leadership, reliability, sportsmanship and will increase their confidence in order to achieve their own personal goals.

JRF’s skilled youth workers and coaches engage with young people in a range of inclusive sports activities. The Foundation is very focused on sport, although it is important, it is the outcome of sport that is a key thing.

Recently our Academy football coach; Wilbert, attended a disability course provided by the Golf Trust and ILS Autism.

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The course focused on how to teach people to play golf, it educates coaches how to deliver and set up sessions for people with autism.

Wilbert said: “The course was excellent, my daughter has autism so it was both personally and professionally wise very helpful.

“My hope is to work more within in the field of disabilities and sport, as I already have several disability badges, but this course covered more how to get young people with autism involved in sport.

“We talked about inclusion and looking at certain ways to make sport more accessible and engaging for young people with disabilities, this includes balance and coordination and how to excel at individual sports.”

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