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DISABILITY SPORT
   
  

Ref. no.
Description/contact info.
Expires
SDS/PL001 BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CRICKETERS WITH DISABILITIES
The British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers and its main job is to run and administer the Disabled County Cricket Championship on behalf of the ECB. There are some sixteen counties currently involved, with plans to take on a further four counties in the next two years. The BACD offers cricket opportunities for people with learning or physical disabilites and is looking for sponsorship for its national competitions. "We currently run two county competitions, one using a normal hardball and one for those less mobile, using a softer ball, called an Incrediball. We also run a national Twenty/20 competition at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough. This is for the fifty-two best physically disabled cricketers in the country. For the county championship competitions, we are looking for sponsorship deals in the region of £2K per competition per season and for the Twenty/20 competition we are looking for deals in the region of £1K". Contact: Richard Hill, Chairman - BACD Tournaments Committee. Address: 25 Nutfield, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1UL. Tel.: 01707 882236. E-mail: welwyncc@gmx.com.
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SDS/PL002
COMBINED SERVICES DISABLED SKI TEAM
The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team was set up during 2008 as part of the services' Battle Back programme. Skiers were selected from personnel who took part in the first Adaptive Ski Training Exercise, run in March 2008 ("Ex Snow Warrior"). The team consists of members of all three services who have either been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan or who have suffered traumatic non-battlefield injuries that prevent them from undertaking able-bodied sport. Currently the team consists of Captain Martin Hewitt - Para - shot through the shoulder in Afghanistan; Staff Sergeant Mark Hutchinson - Royal Engineers - who lost the use of his right arm in a motorcycle accident; Sergeant Mick Brennan - Royal Signals - who lost both legs above the knee in a suicide-bomb blast in Iraq; and Trooper Steve Shine - Royal Tank Regiment - who lost one leg to an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq. All the current members of the team have been through rehabilitation at Headley Court and now lead a largely independent life within the forces. Quite amazingly, Sergeant Brennan and Trooper Shine only learnt to ski in March 2008, but they (and Captain Hewitt) have already been selected for the British Disabled Ski Team Development Squad (BDST). Staff Sergeant Hutchinson is already a member of the BDST and has been racing this year at Europa Cup level. Another ex Snow Warrior completed in March and there will be at least three more skiers joining the squad next season. All the team members have been through horrific injuries, especially those wounded in action. Their progress to recovery, which can never be absolute, has been an enormously painful journey. Rehabilitation at Headley Court is incredibly taxing and those who have lost lower limbs have had to learn to walk again on computer-controlled prosthetic legs. Then they had to learn to ski, a process in which falling over is infinitely more painful and dangerous than for an able-bodied skier. They face extraordinary levels of pain simply learning to ski. In order to race at international level, they have to push themselves an extraordinary amount; some have broken their remaining limbs during training and, in some cases, have aggravated their original wounds. This shows a level of dedication that is hard to match in any walk of life, but their burning desire to prove themselves, to reach for a normal life and, ultimately, to compete in a UK team suit is what drives them inexorably forward. These incredibly determined and extremely brave young skiers deserve every chance to compete at the 2014 Paralympics. They have given a considerable part of themselves in the service of their country and it would be very fitting if they could compete for that country in a sport to which they are totally committed. "They are extraordinary people and really deserve your support; we would really welcome sponsorship, either to pay for the team's expenses during the next few seasons or by way of sponsorship in kind. We can provide considerable beneficial engagement with your staff in return". Contact: Colonel David Eadie. Address: PJHQ, Sandy Lane, Northwood HA6 3JJ. Tel.: 01923 955307. E-mail: david@eadie.me.uk.

 

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SDS/PL003
EQUAL ADVENTURE
Adventure should be as natural and inclusive and as available as breathing clean air - but it's not. Individuals with a physical disability are often ignored within the adventure medium, mainly because specialist equipment is required to facilitate such involvement. Equal Adventure overcomes this barrier by designing and manufacturing a wide range of specialist outdoor adventure equipment which allows people of all ages with a physical disability to participate on an equal footing with able-bodied people. In 2012 Equal Adventure is organising a two week joint British/Hungarian river canoe expedition down the River Tisza in Hungary, with eight individuals (four from Britain and four from Hungary), all of whom have a physical disability. Equal Adventure will provide the specialist equipment required for this expedition and intend to leave it behind in Hungary for continued use by Hungarian practitioners, to support them in their inclusive approach to outdoor adventure. "I am walking the length of Israel, from Dan in the north on the Lebanon border down to Eilat in the south on the Jordanian border, in order to raise funds to finance this event. Despite being sixty-seven years young, I will be self-sufficient and it will take me around sixty days to complete. I will be doing a weekly blog during the journey and posting images on the Equal Adventure website (www.equaladventure.co.uk). We would be grateful if you would support us in this worthwhile venture by sponsoring me or making a donation". Contact: Frank Grant. Address: 143 Upperby Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4JP. Tel.: 07718 988226. E-mail:
fjg236@aol.com
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SDS/PL004
GEOFF HOLT ATLANTIC CHALLENGE
The opportunity exists to sponsor record breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt to become the first disabled yachtsman to sail the Atlantic Ocean single-handed. Geoff Holt has already acquired the specialist yacht, the only 60 foot wheelchair-accessible yacht in the world. Sponsorship funds are needed just to cover administrative costs. In return the yacht has two sixty foot white hulls and several thousand square metres of sail, just crying out for a sponsor's logo. Already a proven commodity, in 2007 Geoff Holt became the first disabled yachtsman to sail single handed around Great Britain. Paralysed from the chest down, he sailed his 15 foot trimaran dinghy 1,500 miles to fifty-one destinations in a Challenge that took 109 days to complete. On his return, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, Walking on Water. Now he is attempting the "big one" and with a guaranteed 30 minute documentary and a launch planned with HRH Princess Anne and Dame Ellen MacArthur, DBE, this project offers the title sponsor a unique and highly "PR friendly" marketing opportunity for a modest cost. Contact: Geoff Holt. Address: Ty Melyn, St Anne's Lane, Shedfield SO32 2HR. Tel.: 01329 835151. E-mail: geoff@geoffholt.com.
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SDS/PL005 MAJOR PHIL PACKER
Major Phil Packer sustained a spinal cord injury in Iraq in February 2008 and since then continues to inspire millions. His focus is supporting Young People who face Adversity. He has made this his business. As he began to cope with the situation he found himself in, to regain self-confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and feel to empowered to make choices in life, Phil decided to embark upon numerous physical challenges to raise funds for charity, raise positive awareness and enthuse others. His decisions pulled him through the dark times and he started to overcome the adversity faced with physical limitations and this improved his mental well-being. His three main challenges in 2009 were completed within six months. He rowed the English Channel with Al Humphreys on 14th February, just after a year of being injured and he walked the London Marathon over fourteen days on crutches, with support from his great friend, Martyn Bird. Phil captivated the nation throughout his two-week ordeal. He then flew out to the USA and hauled himself up El Capitan with a support team of some of the country’s best climbers, including Andy Kirkpatrick; he completed over 4,250 pull-ups and slept on the side of the mountain for three days before reaching the summit. Phil raised in excess of £1.3 million for charity in 2009. His efforts inspired millions and gained national recognition, including the Athlete of the Year Badge from the Scout Association, Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The Armed Forces also recognised his efforts prior to his retirement in March 2010 and he was awarded the MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2010, Phil stepped up to the mark again and in addition to supporting the wounded, he turned his attention and main focus to supporting Young People who face Adversity. To continue his physical challenges and to inspire young people, he climbed the 3 Peaks in 72 hours for Sport Relief with BBC presenter, Kate Silverton. He was supported again by Al Humphreys, Andy Kirkpatrick and Martyn Bird and was joined on Mount Snowdon by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Clive Woodward. This became the feature for the BBC Inside Sport documentary A Major Mountain to Climb that followed his journey. He then completed his biggest challenge: the opportunity to bring charities together and raise awareness of numerous disabilities, deprivation and medical conditions. On the 25th/26th April 2010, Phil smashed his fourteen day London Marathon time and completed the Virgin London Marathon in 26 hours for 26 charities, walking each mile with a Young Person from each of the charities. The greater awareness of the various charities' work and the inspiration Phil gave to the Young People and the public was immense and immeasurable. Contact: Major Phil Packer. Address: 4a Vincent House, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2NB. Tel.: 07841 045210. E-mail: phil@helpforheroes.org.uk.
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SDS/PL006 MICHELLE CRUNKHORN
Michelle Crunkhorn is a grade 4 Paralympic Dressage Rider. Michelle has a congenital disability: her left arm finishes just below the elbow. Apart from the left arm she is an able-bodied person. Michelle is looking for help and support to make her dream come true. Michelle had a dream to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics and lost it. "Diamond, the horse that she bought for London 2012, suffered a severe case of laminitis in January 2010. Laminitis is a very complicated hoof problem which we believe was caused by a shock to his feet by snow. A very long battle to try to get him sound to be brought back in to work failed and sadly he was put to sleep in July 2012. This was a very difficult time for Michelle. The 2012 Paralympic Dressage team was announced and she had to sit at home watching it. Michelle is now looking to achieve the dream of representing Great Britain at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France and the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Michelle was talent-spotted for her riding abilities after the Sydney Paralympics in 2001. She won a Bronze medal in the 2003 World Championships, was part of the Athens 2004 Paralympics and the 2005 European Championships and in 2007 she won team Gold at the World Championships. Michelle had high hopes for Beijing but the horse that she had been riding was retired after the world championships, which left her with no horse. Michelle bought Diamond, thinking forward to London 2012. In 2010 it all went very badly wrong for her; as a family we did everything possible to try to get Diamond sound. Luckily Michelle was given a horse (Sam) to ride which kept her riding and kept her hopes alive. This year we bought Sam for Michelle and she has started competing him. After not competing for over two years Michelle has started to look to the future again. With sponsorship she can make her dreams come true. Please contact us and look at Michelle’s website to see all of her career results both in Para Dressage and British Dressage. Any sponsorship would be greatly appreciated - it will help with training, travel and competing at shows. Opportunities will also be available for sponsors to have their name on the necessary clothing, merchandise and the horsebox. Sponsors can also attend shows and come to training days or visit the home stables. Please contact Michelle". Contact: Michelle Crunkhorn. Address: 112 Cotgrave Lane, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4FY. Tel.: 0115 9374152. E-mail:
michelle@michellecrunkhorn.co.uk.
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Ongoing
SDS/PL007
THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED SAILING ASSOCIATION OF GB
"Take six people, give them a yacht and ... OK! we can hear you saying, 'What's different with this idea? I mean Three Men and a Boat was even a BBC TV programme, wasn't it?' Take those same six people, but this time you will notice that they are blind; give them that same yacht and the challenge to sail across the Atlantic - a feat never accomplished to date! The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of GB is going to take up the challenge and with sponsors such as yourselves supporting us every nautical mile of the way. We are going to enter the World Ocean Cruising Rally - the 2014 ARC (Atlantic Rally Cruise). The ARC is a 'must do' for many sailors and attracts over 200 boats and 1,200 people every year to sail 2,800 nautical miles across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. Crossing the Atlantic is a challenge in itself, sailing almost 3,000 nautical miles in the knowledge that you're not going to see land for almost four months is something else, but for the Visually Impaired Sailing Association of GB team members physically not being able to see land is far more a reality than the worry it may seem. Using all the navigation technologies available to us, with adaptations for audio output, constantly having satellite tracking to reassure us of our position each and every mile of the challenge, and invaluable support from sponsors is going to be the key to success. We're appealing to people and organisations like yours to join us in our 2014 Blind Atlantic Crossing challenge with sponsorship and support. We have an ambitious objective - as if our challenge to have six blind sailors sail across the Atlantic Ocean isn't ambitious enough - and that is to raise £1,500,000 for the ongoing work of The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of GB and its work to ensure all visually impaired people have the opportunity to maximise on an equality of opportunity through sailing independently and being empowered. We're seeking sponsors, large or small, to be 'onboard' with us by supporting this never-before-attempted challenge to independently enter the World Ocean Cruising Rally - the 2014 ARC (Atlantic Rally Cruise) - as a team of blind sailors. Our sponsorship opportunities include Platinum sponsorship, promotional and product placement on our twelve metre yacht's hull, including an extensive surface area across three sails, main, foresail and kite; Gold, Silver and Bronze packages are also available, right through to the opportunity to make personal pledges by text donation, and purchase a personal satellite call from mid-Atlantic. More details on this never-before-attempted challenge are available on our website at
http://www.sailblind.visa-gb.org.uk". Contact: Colin Fowler, Commodore. Address: c/o 55a Five Oaks, Caddington, Luon LJ1 4JD. Tel.: 07901573570. E-mail: commodore@visa-gb.org.uk.
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Ref. no.
Description/contact info.
Expires
SDS/0001 BRITISH BLIND SAILING RACING ASSOCIATION
Blind Sailing is a charity set up to enable all visually impaired sailors to get out on the water. The charity tries to cater for all - from the young to the old, from the beginner to the experienced racer. It also provides advice to those who have recently lost their sight or to clubs with visually impaired sailors looking to join. The charity also supports the British Blind Sailing Team, helping to fund their attendance at events and to hold their own events. To date the team has had great success, becoming World Champions twice. However, they need the help of sponsors to be able to send the three teams of different sight categories, two sighted and two visually impaired on each team, to competitions. Currently the team are funding their own training and also work hard to raise the money for the events in which they compete. Through hard training they have developed strong communication and show tremendous commitment to their sailing. The team would be delighted to take part in photo opportunities with sponsors and will happily wear a uniform bearing the sponsor's logo. They will promote the sponsor's company as best they can whilst (for example) competing in the World Championships. Hopefully this brief information has given potential sponsors an insight into what the team hopes to achieve. More information is available via the contact shown or from the charity's website. "If you can see some way how your company may assist us with the funding we need to be able to send a competitive team to the next World Championships this would be greatly appreciated". Contact: Lucy Hodges. Address: 92 Lesney Gardens, Rochford, Essex SS4 1TZ. Tel.: 07736 306046. E-mail: stephen.griffiths@coutts.com
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SDS/0002 BRITISH BLIND SPORT
British Blind Sport needs sponsorship to fund grass roots, national and international sporting activities for the blind and partially sighted in the UK. Sponsors can choose from a selection of options which includes everything from children's activities to national sports events for adults and older people. Sponsors can support potential Paralympians or whole teams attending overseas events for the blind. Potentially, over 2 million visually-impaired people in the UK may be reached via the charity's website. Other opportunities include sponsoring the organisation's Sports Development Officer as well as getting involved in direct mail campaigns to doctors' surgeries, health clubs and sports clubs (football, cricket, golf). Contact: Mrs. Georgina Hare, Head of Fundraising. Address: 4/6 Victoria Terrace, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AB. Tel.: 01926-424247. Fax: 01926-427775. E-mail: georgina@britishblindsport.org.uk
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SDS/0003 DISABILITY SPORT EVENTS
Disability Sport Events (DSE) is the events arm of the umbrella body, English Federation of Disability Sport. The charity organises twelve national championships in a variety of sports, as well as the Flora London Wheelchair Marathon. These events provide pathways for international success. The organisation is now seeking corporate and trust partners for a number of its high standard events and projects. "You too can help us to increase participation and medal winners in the most rewarding ways". More information about sponsorship opportunities is available on request. Contact: Sarah Marl, Marketing & Communications Manager. Address: DSE, Belle Vue Centre, Pink Bank Lane, Manchester M12 5GL. Tel.: 0161 953 2438. Fax: 0161 953 2420. E-mail: sarah@dse.org.uk
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SDS/0004 ROB BURTON SOCCER SCHOOL
Rob Burton Soccer School is a soccer school for disabled children and young people. A sponsor would have pride of place on the school's website which attracts a large number of hits each month, as well as shirt sponsorship and name checks when the team is featured on local radio and newspaper media. Newspaper articles would be reproduced on the club website. "The domain name www.disabilityfootball.com has proved to be a massive hit all over the world!", says Rob Burton. "With such an amazing domain name the money from sponsorship would go to promoting my disabled soccer school and expanding it into wheelchair sports and other specialist areas". Contact: Rob Burton. Tel.: 07974 121 701. E-mail: rburton1978@yahoo.co.uk
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SDS/0005 RUSHMOOR MALLARDS DISABILITY SPORTS CLUB
The Rushmoor Mallards was formed in 1974 as a Sunday swimming club for disabled people and their families, based at Farnborough Leisure Centre. When the centre extended its facilities in 1976, the club did likewise and introduced an extensive range of dry sports on Friday Club Evenings. Since those tentative beginnings, the club has developed into one of the top disability sports clubs in the country. Rushmoor Mallards takes great pride in the fact that the club has developed National, European, World and Paralympic Champions. These successes are recognised by the fact that three of its members have been honoured with the award of MBEs by the Queen. The club covers a wide range of sports (from athletics and swimming to badminton and wheelchair basketball), each with its own Sports Leader and coaching. Opportunities exist to participate in all sports recreationally, and in many sports competitively, at all levels. Some competitions are run internally for club members only; others are inter-club competitions, run by the club itself or other neighbouring clubs. As members become more experienced they are given the opportunity to participate in higher level competition at Regional, National and International levels. Much of the equipment used in disability sport is highly specialised (eg basketball wheelchairs) and is therefore expensive. Likewise, competitions are often spread across the whole country, meaning high travel costs. "We would really like to hear from anyone who would be interested in being involved in a club which has an extremely positive impact on the lives of many people with disabilities, giving them a sporting chance that they might not have had otherwise. Contact: Victoria Pallot. Address: 1 Stickle Down, Deepcut, Surrey GU16 6GB. Tel.: 07554 920701. E-mail: vicky@blackhawks.co.uk
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SDS/0006 TEES VALLEY TARGET SPORTS
Tees Valley Target Sports (formerly Guisborough Gun Club) is based in the Middlesbrough area and exists to cater for its members interests' in clay pigeon, full and small bore rifle and black powder shooting. This very popular and forward-looking club is currently developing an indoor target sports facility for small bore shooting, archery, air pistol and air rifle on Teesside. The new facility will enable the club to significantly expand the scope of its operations, both for existing members and for the training of young people and the disabled from the local community. The club is seeking sponsorship for the conversion of the premises and for the purchase of equipment. More details are available on request. Contact: David Pengilley, Secretary. E-mail: info@teesvalleytargetsports.co.uk.
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SDS/0007 WESTERN ISLES DISABILITY SPORT
In return for sponsorship funding, the sponsor's logo will appear on the organisation's letterheads, in media reports etc.. Contact: Gordon Thomas, Chairman.Address: 83 Parkend, Sandwick, Isle of Lewis HS2 0AR. Tel.: 01851 701105. E-mail: gordon.thomas2@btinternet.com
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SDS/0008 THE WHEELERZ
The Wheelerz is a locally-run wheelchair basketball team. It is open to all, whether disabled or able-bodied, from twelve to fifty, male or female. "We help people to have fun and at the same time get fit. We do not have a sponsor and are in danger of having to give up, as we are so short of funds. The subscriptions, which are paid monthly, do not cover the cost of the hall hire. So come on, help the little clubs bring a smile to those who need it the most!" Contact: John Smart. Address: 18 Singleton Walk, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40 2RG. Tel.: 07716 772714. E-mail:
john@johnsmart8.wanadoo.co.uk

 

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