Project 21

Blue writing reading Project 21

Project 21 is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Young Start programme.

21% of young people in Scotland are considered disabled but 80% of those young people wish they were more active.

Sported is partnering with Scottish Disability Sport and Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club to improve inclusion for young people with disabilities and create more inclusive sports spaces for everyone. 

Piloted piloting in Dundee, we have worked with seven group leaders of community sports groups in the Sported network, three young tutors, and 15 Young Influencers, ensuring that young people are at the centre of the initiative, as the in-house experts.

Young Tutors

We’re working with three young tutors, young people with disabilities aged 18-25 who are heavily involved in sport. These individuals are already experts in what is effective and ineffective when delivering disability sport to young people.

As part of Project 21, after six months of training, they are tutoring and co-tutoring sports groups in Dundee as part of the Scottish Disability Sport’s Disability Inclusion Training, providing their insight and experience to help the groups deliver more inclusive activities.

Wheelchair rugby player and leader at Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Rugby Club

Wheelchair basketball player and coach

Wheelchair racer and coach at the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Rugby Club

Group Leaders

Seven community sports group leaders from the Sported network have joined the project, gaining additional support to help make their groups more inclusive. 

Working with a Sported volunteer, they are developing and delivering an 18-month action plan, matching the needs of their own communities and ensuring there is a range of disability-inclusive activities to support young people in Dundee.

The Dundee Dragons

The Dundee Dragons have been instrumental in the creation of Project 21. 

Founded in 2013, the Dragons have had an amazing journey, changing the game for young people with disabilities.

Young Influencers

Fifteen young people have been selected as Project 21’s Young Influencers. Aged between 13-18 and involved in the community sports groups involved in the project, they either have a disability or are passionate about disability inclusion in sport. 

The programme aims to provide them with a toolkit to champion inclusion and become future leaders in their community, attending nine activity days and workshops to increase their skills and confidence. 

The programme ends with an event designed and delivered by the Young Influencers promoting awareness of and celebrating disability sport in Dundee.

The Young Influencer programme is generously supported by Chance to Succeed Scotland.

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