Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull hosted the ceremony at the Mermaid Theatre on 9 June, with EFDS delighted to be one of three shortlisted in its section.
EFDS, in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, Scottish Disability Sport, Disability Sport Northern Ireland, Disability Sport Wales and the British Paralympic Association, had been shortlisted for its Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE project.
The project aims to support teachers, school staff and trainee teachers to provide positive experiences for young disabled people in PE.
The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.
On behalf of all the Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE partners, Chris Ratcliffe, Director of Development for EFDS, said:
“We were delighted to feature in such a prestigious category. Every partner involved believes a positive experience in PE and school sport plays a critical role in shaping life-long participation and access to sporting pathways for all young people.
"This work is making so much difference and to be recognised at the Charity Awards is a brilliant tribute to everyone’s dedication over the years.”
Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE is an exciting opportunity for teachers and support staff to participate in free training and resources to learn to provide a high-quality PE curriculum for all young people.
Colin a trainee teacher at St Mary’s University London, recently told EFDS:
“Really, Sainsbury's Active Kids for All Inclusive PE Training should be at the heart of every PE lesson in school. Activities should always be adapted to the abilities of the class.
“The strength of the training is that it gives confidence. Delivering inclusive PE may seem like a daunting prospect but really it's far simpler once you've been shown through the training how the smallest change can create a fully inclusive environment.”
Past winners in the disability category at the Charity Awards include the Disabilities Trust (2015), SignHealth (2014) and Livability (2013).
Sainsbury's Inclusive PE creates a lasting legacy for disabled people after London 2012. Sainsbury’s has committed to investing over £1 million for five years to support this initiative. The four Home Country Disability Sport Organisations alongside Sainsbury’s, with support of Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust, have joined forces in its delivery.