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Community Foundation and Motivation team up for inclusive festival

Bristol Bears Community Foundation will join forces with local disability and development charity, Motivation at a festival of inclusive sport on Saturday (February 15th) to highlight its impact on the lives of disabled children globally and locally.

The charities will team up at the University of the West of England for an inclusive sports festival this weekend. The event will give young disabled people the chance to trial wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, boccia, multi-sport games and sensory games.

Motivation is supporting the event to highlight the impact of sports for disabled people. The festival mirrors a project that the charity will run in Uganda later this year, which will help disabled children to access education through sports. Motivation hopes to highlight the additional challenges faced by disabled children in Uganda at the event.

91% of disabled children in Uganda are excluded from school, because of discrimination from their communities and even their own families. Using sports and play projects, mentoring, and teacher inclusion training, the Bedminster-based charity will change that with their All-Stars project – and give disabled children in developing countries the chance to be champions too.

Every donation to Motivation’s All-Stars Appeal until March 3rd will be doubled by the UK government as part of their UK Aid Match scheme.

Motivation has been invited by Bristol Bears Community Foundation, the charity arm of Bristol Bears Rugby, to take part in the event. The Foundation runs a series of programmes across the region to improve the lives of young people through rugby and other inclusive sports.

Both organisations are working together at this event to show that sports can change lives for disabled people, their families and communities – in Bristol and around the world.

Kris Tavender, at Bristol Bears Community Foundation said: “Our work with the local community in and around Bristol gives young disabled people the chance to discover accessible sport. This inclusive festival is open to anyone who might want to have a taster of sports, play and games.

“Motivation’s project to support disabled people in developing countries through inclusion and sports shares a lot with our work locally. So, we’re really pleased that they can join our inclusive sports festival. Together we hope to raise awareness of inclusion and show disabled children that they can be champions too.”

Fred Semakula, Motivation’s Project Manager in Uganda said: “In Uganda, disabled people are seen as a curse; communities think something must have gone wrong in the family to produce a child with a disability. But sport can be the starting point for a community seeing what disabled children can do.

As part of the All-Stars project we will run sports days that are open to the community. When parents, government officials and community members see what a child can do in a wheelchair, what they can do with a ball – that’s the beginning of them seeing potential, too.”

David Constantine, Founder Director of Motivation said: “We’re delighted to join the Bristol Bears Community Foundation at this inclusive event. We share their goal to support disabled people in accessing opportunities and independence, so it’s a great moment for us to celebrate the transformative nature of sport, both locally and internationally. We hope that the local community will benefit in similar ways to the communities we work with in Uganda.”

The event will run from 10.30am - 3pm at the UWE Centre for Sport.