Coaching duo handed funding boost

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A two-man group that runs sports coaching sessions for youngsters in Pontefract and Nostell has received a cash grant.

NLY Community Sport delivers sports coaching sessions to people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The group, run by James Grayson and Connor Rollinson, works in partnership with Pontefract Pirates DFC and Nostell Miners Welfare FC. They also run an after school football club with students at a leading Specialist School in Barnsley.

The project recently received a grant from the Leeds office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell that will enable them to continue putting on ‘fun days’ for children to try new sports.

These fun-days are for children with disabilities and learning difficulties and give them the chance to experience new sports, including boccia, table tennis, basketball and football.

Mr Grayson said: “We are thankful to Irwin Mitchell for selecting us to receive one of their grants.

“The money will help us to provide around five or six of our multi-sports fun days.

“We have managed to put two on and they have been well-received, but the cost of running them has prevented us from doing as many as we would have liked.”

One on NLY’s recent successes is Callum Deary, 19, who was selected by Mencap GB football team to play in the upcoming European Championships in Geneva, despite only playing football for around seven months. Callum was recognised by Disability Sport Yorkshire when he was shortlisted for the Young Male Achiever of the Year award at the annual Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards.

Irwin Mitchell’s Don’t Quit, Do It campaign aims to support the benefits both physically and psychologically of being involved in disability sports and is supported by multiple gold-medal winning paralympian Hannah Cockroft.

Cathryn Godfrey, an associate and serious injury specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office, said: “When we heard about the work NLY Community Sport are doing we were so impressed with their drive and determination, opening up different sports to people who previously may not have had the opportunity to try them.

“We hope the sport can inspire others to realise that disability need to be a barrier to sport.”