A Hartington man, who is in remission from cancer, is hoping to bring inclusive, disability sport to a local young people’s group.
Todd Cloake has applied to 02’s Think Big campaign for funding to set up a programme of activities focusing on Boccia and wheelchair basketball for Hartington Young People’s Activity Club (HYPAC).
The 23-year-old, who holds a number of sports leaders qualifications, said: “HYPAC delivers activities to local residents under the age of 14.
“Recently Maddie Wager, a pupil at the school who uses a wheelchair, has joined the group so we are looking to provide more inclusive activities than our current facilities and programme allow. The funding will be used to pay for the hire of facilities, travel costs and hire and transport of ten wheelchairs.”
Todd, who is taking a break from studying at Lincoln University while he recuperates, has enlisted the help of Special Olympics Boccia champion, Beth Foster, from Ashbourne.
He explained: “The Boccia project will involve linking with Beth to work alongside myself and other young volunteers in providing two training sessions followed by participation in Boccia competitions in Buxton and Wirksworth in May.”
Hartington School’s team, led by nine-year-old Maddie who has Cerebral Palsy, won the same Boccia championships held at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome last year.
Todd added: “The wheelchair basketball project, with the support of Derbyshire Dales District Council, will access ten wheelchairs over three weeks to be used by the children, including Maddie. I am also hoping to get in touch with Derby-based wheelchair basketball club Wheel Blazers to chat about the possibility of getting some members involved.”
Applications for funding closed on Wednesday and Todd is waiting to hear if he was successful.