Spring Shortlisted for Disability Sports Award

21st August 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action has been shortlisted in the Hyndburn Sports Award ‘Service to Disability Sport’ category and will attend an awards ceremony in September at Accrington Town Hall.

The annual awards is a not for profit event which recognises and highlights sporting achievement across the borough. Spring into Action were nominated for the Service to Disability Sport Award for the work the directors have done in setting up sports and services for people with learning disabilities.

The award is given to those who have made a highly significant voluntary contribution to disability sport.

Having run and worked on a successful disability youth group since 2010, Directors Lucy Hamlin (31) and Rachael McHugh (32) recognised a need not only for specialised services for people with disabilities, but also to increase participation in sport and physical activity. In October 2012, Lucy & Rachael set up Spring into Action, a community interest company, to offer developmental opportunities to people with disabilities. In September 2013, they set up a healthy lifestyles project for adults with disabilities that incorporates a health walk and a dance exercise class and in January 2014, in partnership with a local disability youth group and Hyndburn Leisure Centre, Spring into Action launched a 6-week multi-sports project where 26 young people with disabilities took part in dance, trampolining, archery, football and more. 

Rachael said: “Having worked with people with learning disabilities, I know that they do not always feel confident accessing leisure centres and sports clubs. We set up projects that are inclusive, well staffed and most importantly, fun! Our clients come back to us week after week and are always requesting new activity try.”

Lucy added: “To be nominated for this award just shows our team that we are doing something right and gives us the boost to continue applying for funding for sports activity for disabled people.”

Over the past four months, Spring into Action have also been training 8 young people with learning disabilities as Sports Volunteers and have set up a pilot Tennis project in Clitheroe. Back in March, three of their clients took part in The Hyndburn Mile, raising over £100 for Sport Relief.