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- 21 August 2014 00:00
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Leading charity LimbPower have been officially given National Disability Sports Organisation (NDSO) status at the recent English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Annual General Meeting.
The charity, which works to increase sporting opportunities for amputees and those with limb loss, joins seven other NDSOs who sit as part of EFDS’s Membership and play a vital role in promoting sport and physical activity for disabled people.
The other seven NDSOs are British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics GB, UK Deaf Sport and Wheelpower.
Among other development programmes, the NDSOs support National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) to deliver more opportunities for disabled people, through impairment specific expertise.
"We have worked incredibly hard and at times it has been back breaking, but wow, what an achievement for a small team,” said LimbPower Founder and CEO Kiera Roche.
"I wish Paralympian David Hilton were with us to see what we have achieved, he would be so proud.
"This is what we dreamed about when we started LimbPower.
"We couldn’t have achieved this without our amazing team of Trustees, and the support of wonderful Paralympian role models who have been so generous with their time.
"We’re very excited about moving forward now and taking our place on the national stage.”
For LimbPower, this is a significant step for a charity that began just four years ago when two people had a vision while working from their homes.
During that time, LimbPower has reached out to many amputees and opened their eyes to the opportunities that sport has to offer.
With the many events and clinics such as the ‘Learn to Run’ series, and the Body Confidence Workshop, alongside their flagship event the LimbPower Games (formerly the Amputee Games), and more recently the Junior Games, LimbPower has made a huge difference to the lives of amputees both young and old.
Some have discovered amazing talents that have led them along the path to Paralympic glory, while most have simply found a new way to have fun, improve self-esteem, increase mobility and make friends.
"EFDS is proud to now have LimbPower as part of the wider family of NDSOs,” said EFDS Director of Development Chris Ratcliffe.
"Their expertise in working with amputees and those with limb loss will no doubt be a great asset to support the wider sports and physical activity sectors to help increase participation.
"LimbPower has worked hard to establish themselves as an NDSO and we are excited about the potential for more disabled people to become active for life.”
As well as a funded National Partner of Sport England, EFDS is a Federation which provides a platform for collaborative working across England and the main impairment groups.
EFDS’s strategy ‘Active for life’, backed by core values, lays out ambitious outcomes, which the charity hopes will be shared by the wider sectors.
It provides a clear route map to guide EFDS and the collective family’s focus and impact over the coming years.