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Abigail Saxon at the Colchester Youth Awards in 2013

Disability4Sport’s Abigail Saxon WINS Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 Youth Awards

July 2014

Founder and director of D4S Abigail was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Colchester Youth Awards 2014 after being nominated for her “sheer hard work and determination to provide a local facility for young disabled people to enjoy sports in her community.”

Abigail impressed the judges with her passion to deliver sporting activities that will provide physical and mental health benefits for disabled people, and by her determination and drive to engage young people and make sports available to all people with a disability, especially encouraging those who have not previously had the opportunity to take part in physical activities. They commended the fact that she had put herself through all the relevant sports training and qualifications and business workshops in order to professionally, practically and personally achieve her goals.

The judges saw through feedback from parents, schools, colleges and special needs and disability groups and charities, and even newspaper articles in the local Gazette, that it was clear that Abigail and Disability4Sport surpass the companys' aims and missions and provided enjoyable sporting sessions for hundreds of young disabled and special needs children and young adults.

In the past year Abigail has successfully secured a Lottery Grant to enable Disability4Sport to deliver their ‘Fit Eaters’ Project into local special needs schools via Disability4Sport. The ‘Fit Eaters’ project is aimed at promoting healthy eating and the benefits of gentle exercises in an interactive and educational way. Abigail is so committed to her mission at D4Sport she manages football tournaments at the weekends with the team, giving up most of her free time for others without ever complaining. This young lady is a very special person and an amazing inspiration to all who know her.

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East of England Well Being Show – Newmarket Racecourse

-7th June 2014

The D4S team hosted their very own World Cup Tournament at the East of England Well-being Show in June and a fantastic day was had by all who took part.

The football teams participating all put in a great effort, especially bracing the poor weather in during the morning games although the sun shone in the afternoon in time for the winners to collect their medals.

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun at CSV Colchester Roadshow

-17th May 2014

Disability4Sport provided hours of entertainment for visitors at the CSV Media Roadshow that took place on Saturday 17th May at Colchester Castle Park by facilitating a number of games for people to try out.

The D4S team were busy all day with queues of people waiting to try their hand at the activities on offer. D4S volleyball sessions with oversize balls and 'boccia', a type of bowls, proved to be extremely popular activities.

The event aimed at highlighting the importance of well-being, and the numerous ways in which people can improve their personal well-being levels, proved to be a wonderful day out for the thousands of people who attended.

Grassroots help us!

- 31st March 2013

logo of GrassRoots Charity

D4Sport are grateful to Colchester Charity Grassroots for issuing them with a £200 grant which will go towards their new kit. Grassroots provide vital funding and have distributed more than £470,000 to a number of local fundraisers, organisations and charities over the past 20 years.

Sport-a-cise Sessions

- 1st January 2013

Young adults with learning disabilities have been catching the exercise bug at sports sessions organised by D4S. Each week the sessions attract about 12 people aged from 18 and above from in and around Colchester. The sessions, which include activities such as sitting volleyball, new age curling and Boccia are run jointly with Andrew Jobling from Mencap. Participants spoke of how everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and feedback was that the sessions were well organised and well though-out. Beth Woodward a carer at CoCo Care praised D4S and said they worked really hard to ensure that there was something for everyone and that the sessions were always fully inclusive, which was important to them.