Sportability, a registered charity, provides sport and challenging pursuits for people with paralysis around the UK. People with conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, MS and others, are able to participate in a whole range of sports - scuba diving, sailing, archery, angling, abseiling, quad-biking, gliding, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, go-karting, land-yachting, wheelchair tennis, microlight flying and many more.
It is not about creating elite sportsmen and women. It is about trying something new and different. It is about the adrenaline rush, putting the buzz back into a life corralled by the wheelchair, taking the 'dis' out of disability and focusing on ability. To inspire the thought, "If I can do this, what else can I achieve?"
People with conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, cerebral palsy and others, are able to participate in a variety of sports - scuba diving, sailing, archery, angling, abseiling, canoeing quad-biking, gliding, clay pigeon shooting, motor-sport and more.
So whether beginner, experienced, expert, whether you are re-visiting a sport that you did years ago before your accident, illness or injury, or whether you are a never-ever, you are welcome to come along and try. That is the key word – ‘try’. It is not about success or failure, it is about trying, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In over 22 years of organising and running activities we continually see people surprise themselves and their families and friends by what they can do, what they can achieve.
And remember: the activities are all free of charge – they cost you nada, nothing, zilch. So whether you fancy ripping round on a quad-bike, shattering clays, sailing serenely, gliding high or diving low come along and give it a go. You have nothing to lose but your inhibitions.
Our regional operations have expanded from the original single base of Bristol & Gloucestershire, to include a further eight regions: the East Midlands, East Anglia, the North West, Surrey, Dorset & Hants, Oxfordshire, Kent & East Sussex and the West Midlands. In August we opened a brand new region – South Yorkshire and North Midlands – providing quad-biking, archery, fishing and sailing; and later in September we opened in Essex with a similar profile of quad-biking, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, canoeing and sailing.