Graduation success for Change Foundation Disability Sport Apprentices

At the end of October, The Change Foundation apprentices’ Lois Turner, Daniel Levey and Bradley Donovan celebrated their graduation having completed their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development – Supporting, Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport. Lois, Daniel and Bradley have come through our Hit the Top (HTT) disability sports programme. Throughout their apprenticeship they have gained real, tangible experience from working alongside experienced Change Foundation coach mentors but also through assisting and leading on a wide range of Change Foundation programmes. They have also been completing online learning modules and have been attending regular personal development sessions with their Change Foundation assigned mentor.

Lois is visually impaired and is Captain of the UK’s first ever visually impaired female cricket team. She took part in the first ever cricket series for women with a visual impairment against Nepal in Kathmandu in 2014. Lois is currently studying at college to become a personal trainer. Lois said “I am actually setting my own goals in life and achieving them. I think that if I can continue to believe in myself and to start to put a lot of the skills that I have learnt into effect, I can keep achieving more. So my future aspirations are to just continue to be happy and keep helping to change other young people’s lives”.

Daniel has a learning disability and is a member of the England learning disability cricket team. Daniel is currently coaching on our Hit the Top disability sports porgramme and is assisting with our refugee cricket programme. Daniel said “I have a clear vision of the road I want to take, which is coaching and helping other young people realise their potential”.

Bradley has cerebral palsy (CP) and is now working with the Essex Cricket Board developing wheelchair cricket. Bradley said “I have achieved a lot in the apprenticeship programme; I have learnt new skills to help me in life, for example, learning to deal with situations efficiently. It has been a life changing year”.

We are incredibly proud of Lois, Daniel and Bradley and they continue not only to inspire hundreds of other young people but also our wider staffing team.

Our Hit the Top (HTT) disability sports programme empowers young people with a disability in the UK, India and Africa. HTT provides four stages of development for young people with a disability, offering long term support to help them achieve their full potential; HTT Active imbeds sport and physical activity as regular behaviour for children aged 5-10 with a disability. HTT Inspire delivers innovative youth clubs for disabled young people aged 11-18 that combine sport, mentoring and transferable skills. HTT Futures provides mentoring and coaching to disabled young people aged 18-25 in employability skills through sport and employment opportunities. HTT Heroes is a disability sports coaching programme that enables graduates of our HTT programme to become coaches, designing and delivering their own programmes. HTT is managed and delivered by graduates of the programme who are role models to the young people on the programme.

To find out more about the Hit the Top programme, please contact: Daniel Mynott: danielmynott@thechangefoundation.org.uk or James Wischhusen: jameswischhusen@thechangefoundation.org.uk