National Inclusion Week 2021: Why sport matters for all

Posted: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:11

National Inclusion Week 2021: Why sport matters for all

Now in its 9th year, National Inclusion Week is a time to celebrate and promote the importance of inclusion in workplaces, communities and society as a whole.

With participants and volunteers at the heart of sport and recreation, our sector has a unique role to play in trying to engage with the widest and most diverse pool of talent.

We invited Alliance Youth Panel member, Matthew Chilvers to write a guest blog on why sport matters for all, touching on his own stories and experiences along the way.

As someone who has autism, I am incredibly passionate about making sport and recreation open and welcoming for everyone, be that out on the tennis court or up in the board room.

Since the age of 15 I have been volunteering as a coach at Desford Lawn Tennis Club, helping to run inclusive and general sessions.

In 2018 I was selected as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's Unsung Hero for the East Midlands for my work to encourage more people with disabilities to become involved in tennis and in 2019, I received the Diana Award for helping to change perceptions of disability sport.

"I get so much out of sport and I want others to have the same opportunities."

One way I'm trying to make a difference is through the Sport and Recreation Alliance Youth Advisory Panel.

From Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Tags: Featured, Physical Activity, Sport, participation