Sport Without Boundaries (SWB) is a charity based in West Sussex that helps develop sporting opportunities for children with disabilities. It challenges the perception that a disability presents a limitation. Since its inception 10 years ago, the objective of Sport Without Boundaries, previously SADG has been: “to inspire, motivate and support young disabled people to follow their dreams and aspirations within sport.”
- SWB has been hugely successful in attracting over 500 children with disabilities from 17 schools to attend more than 100 competitions. The sports involved range from multi skills, boccia, kurling and tri-golf to swimming, athletics, cricket, tennis and football. The competitions were the first “out of school” opportunities that many of these disabled children had experienced, giving them a chance to compete against others in a friendly, relaxed yet fiercely competitive environment!
- SWB are helping to facilitate disabled sport within schools and clubs. In the last 12 months, SWB has spent over 200 hours training teachers and club coaches in order to give them the confidence and ideas to adapt their regular sessions to include disabled children.
- SWB helps organise and deliver the Sussex Parallel Youth Games, a highly regarded Olympic-style event for special schools across the county. Over 400 athletes take part in the multi-sports each year which includes an Opening and Closing Ceremony and kind sponsorship from various companies.
The success of SWB to date has encouraged all involved to want to develop the charity further. “We would like to be able to offer more disabled young people more sporting opportunities and more chances to achieve their individual goals,” explained SWB chairman Sandy Fell, “With your help we can work towards breaking down barriers, challenging the “I can’t” philosophy and promoting better social integration.”