The aim of the project is to stimulate the refugees into positive action through sport. Which in turn would give the participants a sense of achievement and self-worth. Plus a greater inter connectivity for anyone participating who are not involved in other activities. Each Saturday 12-2 they meet at Downing Place Church for coffee and a get-together.
Living Sport have been working with Cambridge Families for Ukraine as well as a few other Ukrainian groups that meet together in Cambridge City, offering consultation and sports delivery. Following initial conversations back in November 2022, we were able to donate a set of tennis rackets and balls for them to share around the group and use at the local tennis courts at Jesus Green. They also have a Yoga club set up.
A member of the group said it has been a “ wonderful opportunity to learn a new sport” and “ amazed” they were given the chance to be included in this.
Kieran Spitzer (Programme Delivery Officer) mentioned “it has been truly inspiring to see how sport can do so much for peoples well-being and physical health.
Through regularly keeping in touch, it has been great to see the tennis equipment be enjoyed by so many members of the group”.
You can view ‘Cambridge Families for Ukraine’ website here, where you can find out more about what they do and how you can help support. There is also the ability to make a supporting donation if you would like to.
We love to support and form/continue relationships with our local communities, and are looking forward to hearing more stories with people we work with. If you would like to get in touch with a member of the Living Sport team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once this framework has been published, we encourage partners to consider how they can implement the framework to make a real change for disabled people to access physical activity, sport, and leisure in the way they want, when they want, with no barriers placed on them by society.