Inclusive Sport – accessible activities in Whitstable

Inclusive Sport are a physical activity provider focusing on inclusion at the heart with their intentions to ensure all people are able to engage in physical activity regardless of their background, ability or needs.

 

Based in Whitstable, we spoke with the Director & Founder of Inclusive Sport Tom Tsangarides who delved into the wonderful work that they do.

 

CommunityAd Exclusive - Inclusive Sport - accessible activities in WhitstableCan you explain your background in sport and the reason for starting up Inclusive Sport? 

I played football for my local club Ramsgate FC until I went to university to train as a teacher. I taught in various educational settings before specialising in inclusion and it was during my time teaching in a SEN school that I identified a gap in opportunities for children with additional needs to participate in community sport. In 2018, I set up Inclusive Sport and my main goal was to break down barriers for children, young people and adults to access sport regardless of their background, needs or ability.

 

What is your ethos and values and can you explain the progress you have made meeting your values since first starting Inclusive Sport? 

Our ethos is to put inclusion at the heart of everything we do and our 3 values are to show compassion, be inspirational and to provide belongingess.

Even though we love helping people to enjoy sport and develop their skills we focus more on the health and wellbeing benefits that sport can bring. We want our beneficiaries to feel part of something and embraced for who they really are no matter how diverse! From when we first listed our values to now it has always been at the forefront of our organisation to represent them both when working with our beneficiaries as well as internally as a team!

All of our incredible team represent the culture of our organisation which means the values are lived rather than just words on a website!

 

What have been Inclusive Sport’s most rewarding moments so far?

We have far too many moments to pick one as we are proud to help so many people, on a daily basis, enjoy sport and enhance wellbeing.

I think the most rewarding factor for me is knowing how many lives we impact through the work that we do. Last year, we engaged over 500 children to enjoy sport and physical activity as well as over 200 adults of which many of them are in the 55+ age bracket!

 

Are you currently looking for any volunteers and if so how can interested local readers get in touch to find out more? 

We always welcome volunteers so anyone interested can visit our website www.inclusivesport.net to find out more, contact us via email [email protected] or phone 01227 202513.

What made you choose Whitstable as your base? 

It’s where I spent a lot of my teaching career so I was aware of a large network of children who would benefit from Inclusive Sport’s provision.

Parents also knew me from my teaching days which gave them the confidence to send their children along!

 

Do you have a long term vision for Inclusive Sport that you want to achieve over the next 5-10 years? 

In the next 5-10 years we will continue building on the high quality, inclusive provision that we currently offer allowing us to engage more and more with our beneficiaries. I am in the process of developing a model which will allow us to grow Kent-wide and then nationally!

I am also exploring the potential of opening up an Inclusive Gym local to Whitstable to provide an inclusive environment for people to train, exercise, improve health and well-being alongside providing a social community for people to belong to!

 

Find out more about Inclusive Sport via:

Website: www.inclusivesport.net 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/InclusLiveSport

Instagram: www.instagram.com/inclusivesport

Tel: 01227 202513

Mob: 07805 617559

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