People with learning disabilities scored a golden goal for their charity this week, when they scooped top prize in the Bucks and MK sports awards.
MK SNAP’s project ‘Snap to It!’ to increase participation of people with learning disabilities in sport and physical activity, was named Project of the Year in the Bucks and MK Sport Awards 2019.
Oliver Golding, the Sports, Health and Well-being coordinator, said: “The health and well-being of our learners is so important and winning Sports Project of the Year demonstrates how much the learners have achieved. “
The project was made possible thanks to thousands of votes from the people of Milton Keynes in the National Lottery People’s Projects 2018. ‘Snap to it’ went on ITV Anglia and won £50,000.
The project offered a choice of eight physical activities a week from nature walks to football, horse-riding to yoga and welcomed over 100 participants to these sessions.
Through the 3154 sessions delivered, learners experienced improved physical, mental and emotional well-being and developed higher confidence to access activities in the community.
Wayne, a learner at MK SNAP, said “Sport makes me feel good, helps me lose weight and made me move better”
Another MK SNAP leaner, Edward, won the MK Sport Achiever of the Month 2019 through the programme, volunteering his time to help encourage other learners to engage in the activates.
Thanks to the ability of developing partnerships with other services MK SMNAP was able to increase the provision of sport for people with learning disabilities and in turn improve their quality of life.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Buckinghamshire County Council)
Winner: ‘Snap To It’