Hit The Top
Hit The Top’s aim is to inspire and challenge people with a disability to reach their full potential in life and change perceptions of society.
In 2015, Hit the Top, worked with 786 young people and young adults with a disability aged 8 – 25 in London, developing their independence, confidence and social skills through sport. This was achieved through the four stages of the programme.
Leanne: ‘I first joined a Hit the Top club when I was 14. Then two years ago I did the Futures employability programme which really helped me with my confdence, if it wasn’t for that I would never have done this interview. It helped me meet new people, travel more independently, make new friendships and communicate with people easier.
Lois: ‘I attended an event for people with visual impairments (VI) to try different sports and a Change Foundation coach told me to come along to the regular Monday session, I was 11 then.
I wasn’t confident in mainstream environments and Hit the Top provided a secure place, I felt safe and it was somewhere I could relax. I was able to really get to know myself, as well as other people with visual impairments and talk to them about how they cope.’
Leanne: ‘Now I’m working on walking to my friend’s house round the corner by myself, because I don’t go out on my own. But in the long term I want to be an accountant because I like numbers, I know it will be hard, but I’m aiming for it definitely.’
Lois: ‘It’s made such a massive difference getting to know other VI girls, gives us role models and friendships. I speak up more, my confdence has grown and I feel I make better choices. The apprenticeship has made me feel secure rather than doubting the future all the time. Hit the Top is much more than cricket; I live on my own so it’s like having a family around.’
Lois and Leanne: ‘The biggest highlight was representing the UK in Nepal and going to play against Nepal in the first ever VI girls international cricket match. It was amazing, to see how they live and work, how different it is to us. We’ll never forget it.