Double Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft to launch National Inclusive Futures Camp

Double Paralympic and quadruple World Champion Hannah Cockroft will launch the National Inclusive Futures Camp at Loughborough University this weekend.

Double Paralympic and quadruple World Champion Hannah Cockroft will launch the National Inclusive Futures Camp at Loughborough University this weekend.

Inclusive Futures, which is funded by Spirit of 2012 and run by the Youth Sport Trust, is a leadership and volunteering initiative for young people with special emphasis on inclusion. It features young people aged 14-19, with and without disabilities, volunteering alongside each other to support and deliver physical activities in schools and communities.

The National Inclusive Futures Camp will take place from 27-29 March and provides 120 young volunteers with the opportunity to undertake a range of high quality leadership and volunteering workshops.

The volunteers have been specially selected from the eight Inclusive Futures cities of Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Gateshead, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Swansea.

The camp is supported by two National Governing Bodies of Sport, with Volleyball England and British Wheelchair Basketball set to deliver leadership sessions at the camp.

Youth Sport Trust Ambassador Hannah Cockroft said: "I am very proud to be supporting the National Inclusive Futures Camp at Loughborough University.

"I want the young people attending to feel pride in the volunteering work they've completed and to understand that there's a wealth of opportunities available to them through sport.

"By the end of the camp, I hope that each young person will have been on a personal journey which will inspire them to make a difference in their local areas.  The motto of the Camp is: 'Challenging Perceptions, Increasing Participation and creating Inclusive Provision'- and I am very proud to help these young people achieve it."

Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive Debbie Lye said: ""I am very much looking forward to joining the Inclusive Futures camp this weekend and meeting the young people who make the project work so well.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for them to share their experiences with each other, celebrate their achievements and enhance their skills.

"The Youth Sport Trust has done a fantastic job of enabling and empowering these volunteers to increase participation and challenge perceptions of disability, and Spirit of 2012 is an immensely proud supporter of their work to drive more inclusive provision and ultimately to contribute to a better world."

Research revealed last month by the Youth Sport Trust revealed that 58% of disabled people surveyed think you can develop a sense of belonging in their local communities through volunteering. However the research highlighted some barriers for disabled people, with 63% of those questioned feeling that there are fewer opportunities for disabled people to volunteer in sport than non-disabled people.

Inclusive Futures is looking to address these issues by bring together young people from eight UK cities to take part in placements within schools or community clubs and events, guided by a volunteer coordinator who is based within a local sporting organisation. By the end of programme, 1,000 newly trained volunteers will have led sporting activities for over 10,000 participants.

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