Leading way in disability sports


July 26th, 2012

Nottingham is one of the UK’s leading universities when it comes to disability sport.

As one of the country’s first dedicated disability sport officers, Hannah Webber has been fundamental to the University’s work in this area.

Since 2009, Hannah has launched the Any-Body Club, Any-Body Month, Any-Buddy Schemes and Nottinghamshire Sheriffs Goalball Club to make sport more accessible to staff and students whatever their ability or experience, and nearly 600 people have taken part.

“Any-Body Club aims to break down as many barriers to participation as possible, in order to encourage a greater level of engagement and hopefully happier and healthier students!” said Hannah.

“We have done some research and we feel that what the University provides in terms of disability sport provision is fairly unique. We continually seek feedback to improve the initiatives on offer. It was this process which led to the introduction of the Any-Buddy Scheme after students asked for peer-to-peer support when accessing our facilities.”

Hannah will be a volunteer technical official in the Goalball Competition at the Paralympics.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity to experience disability sport at its absolute peak. I’ll be looking to put what I have learnt at the London 2012 Games into practice to benefit Nottingham staff and students. Hopefully the University can help to inspire Paralympic stars of the future!”

To find out more visit: http://tiny.cc/UoNdisability.

Picture: Hannah Webber with club thrower Thomas Green.

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