Hit The Top – Celebrating 10 Years of Disability Sport

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Hit The Top – Celebrating 10 Years of Disability Sport

In 2016 The Change Foundation celebrated 10 years of our disability sports programme Hit the Top. Over the last decade Hit the Top has engaged and inspired over 12,000 young people with a disability across the UK, India, Ghana, Trinidad, Rwanda, Uganda, Jamaica, Barbados and Sierra Leone.

The Hit the Top programme is entirely managed and delivered by graduates of the programme demonstrating the power of credible role models and long term engagement.

The programme is delivered and managed by graduates of Hit the Top who mentioned and engaged 1,013 young pople in 2016. Hit the Top’s newest employability clubs have helped target young people most at risk of becoming long-term NEET’s and isolated from society.

Where?

Hit the Top has 32 clubs – 24 are across London, four in Mumbai in India and four in Accra in Ghana.

Who?

Young people aged 5-25 with a disability.

What?

Hit the Top clubs combine disability sport with travel training, independent living skills and a social network of friends, empowering young people with a disability to reach their full potential.

“I got involved with the programme 10 years ago when I was 11 and I have made some of my greatest friends through the programme. Hit the Top is so good at mixing all the disability groups together, you are not seen as different and that’s what’s unique. The programme has made a massive difference to my life, the combination of playing sport and building a social life, has been life changing. I am very lucky to now have a role within the charity which I am really enjoying because I know the work personally and will hopefully help to increase funding for the programme.

Hit the Top gave me direction, I have graduated from university and played blind cricket for England which I never though I could do but the Hit the Top programme gave me the confidence to do so.”

Ryan, aged 21, Hit the Top graduate

For more information contact Henry Glynn, Head of Learning and Development on henryglynn@thechangefoundation.org.uk.