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IMPACT- Inclusive Volunteering in Sport

Northamptonshire is calling on clubs and volunteers to be part of a new project, IMPACT, that will provide them with free training and increase the number of disabled people volunteering in Northamptonshire.

IMPACT which is a one year project will see 40 clubs and organisations across the East Midlands region receive free training to help create a welcoming environment for volunteers with the overall aim to increase the number of disabled volunteers.

IMPACT will provide a better understanding as to whether having more disabled volunteers supporting a club helps increase disability participation, a key target of Sport England who are the funders of this project.

A volunteer recruitment campaign is set to take place within 'Inclusive Volunteer Month' throughout June. Within the month, Northamptonshire Sport will work with local voluntary services and other partners to encourage disabled people to sign up to IMPACT and start their journey as a sports volunteer.

To sign up as a volunteer follow this link.

Take a look at this video from our partners Derbyshire Sport showing how inclusive volunteering can make a difference.

Martin Nelson who has learning disabilities and is a volunteer with Northampton Town Football in the Community knows first hand what benefits volunteering can bring.

Christine, Martin's sister said:

"Since Martin has been participating in Football in the Community he has grown in confidence, which has resulted in an improvement in his social and communication skills. He is now engaging in a wider range of activities, such as volunteering. This is something that we believed would not have been possible for Martin to achieve prior to Football in the Community"

Another volunteer at Northampton Town Football in the Community, Grant Ellingham who also has learning disabilities said:

"I have volunteered with Football in the Community for a few years. I have gained in confidence and with support have more qualifications which have helped me along the way. It is a big part of my life and I have met some nice people".

Russell Lewis, Social Inclusion and Disability Officer at Northampton Town Football in the Community and Northampton Town Multi Disabled Club said:

"We have 14 disabled volunteers who help with the disability programme on a weekly basis - they are all fantastic. With a little bit support and encouragement it is amazing to see what they can do and how they progress over time. Volunteering in sport is great for increasing social skills and self confidence. Both Grant and Martin are very keen volunteers and help weekly with the various disability teams that we run at Football in the Community. They are both dedicated to their roles and ensure that their disabilities are not a barrier to helping make a difference."

IMPACT will specifically target the population of each county that are registered as disabled and/or living with a limiting illness, which includes a visual or hearing impairment.

The free training programme will include a variety of courses and workshops to reflect this approach from 'Coaching Deaf People in Sport' to 'Working with Volunteers with a Disability'

Four counties will be involved in the project across the East Midlands; Lincolnshire Sport, Derbyshire Sport and Sport Nottinghamshire will all be working alongside Northamptonshire to get more disabled people volunteering across the region.

Benefits to the Organisation

  • Access to a variety of free disability related courses, such as
  • Disability Awareness
  • Effective Communication for Coaching Deaf People,
  • Inclusive Communication
  • Autism Awareness
  • Down's Syndrome Awareness in Sport
  • Access to free training courses and induction sessions to support the organisational development, including Volunteer Management Workshops.
  • Access to a range of resources, checklists and templates which will assist the organisation in the recruitment, deployment, development and management of volunteers
  • Access to scholarships for recognised training courses for volunteers (coaching and officiating).
  • Information sharing and learning from good practice.
  • Organisational support for the recruitment, deployment, development and management of volunteers.

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IMPACT Coach Scholarship

As part of the IMPACT project, Northamptonshire Sport is offering funding to support the qualification of Disabled Sports Coaches, Activators and Leaders. Applicants can apply for up to 50% towards the cost of their course where they are able to illustrate how gaining the qualification will support one or more of the scholarship aims as below.

Applications will open on Monday 9th May and will be accepted through to Friday 5th August 2016, following which they will be assessed by an external panel.

Aims of the IMPACT Disability Coach and Activator Scholarship

  • To increase participation of disabled people in sport
  • To increase performance levels of disabled people in sport (talent)

For information on eligibility criteria, applications, references and payment processes please click on the full document below.

Click here to apply for a scholarship now!

Please note, this application is also available in other formats, please contact Will Heckford: will.heckford@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

For more information on IMPACT please contact

Will Heckford

Sports Development Officer

Northamptonshire Sport


Phone: 01604 366122


01604 366 976

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