Power2Inspire graduated from Cambridge Social Ventures in November 2015.
Power2inspire believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in sport, regardless of body type, age, disability or ethnicity. So, they have created truly inclusive events, “Power House Games”, delivering adapted sports in schools, organisations and local community groups, so that everyone can participate in sport. Power House Games feature up to eight adapted and inclusive sports such as goalball, new age kurling, sitting volleyball and table cricket. The events can be planned for mainstream schools, for a mix of pupils from mainstream schools and special needs schools, and for community groups.
Power2Inspire also hosts Festivals of Inclusive Sport. So far we have held festivals of inclusive badminton (twice), golf and hockey, all within the city of Cambridge. We aim to add cycling and tennis to the repertoire. These events are astonishingly inclusive: they have world champions playing alongside novices, older people mixing with youngsters, people with disabilities playing for the first time. Inclusion is far more than just about disability – it includes everyone.
Born without fully formed limbs, John Willis established the charity in 2013, to promote inclusion through sport. John demonstrates inclusion himself through undertaking challenges: most recently #JohnsRoad2Rio, in which he participated in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports.
John Willis delivers inspirational talks, which draw upon his experiences as a solicitor, property developer and NHS provider chair, challenge our assumptions, and demonstrate a positive attitude to overcoming obstacles. Do book John to hear of his exploits – we are sure you will be inspired and will want to give sport a go!
In 2016 Power2inspire co-ordinated 33 Power House Games introducing over 2,000 pupils to 12 new sports. One pupil even invented a new inclusive sport.
Our Inclusive Kilometres have engaged 1,000 pupils – one obese youngster was inspired to participate in sport for the first time in two years.
About 500 people have so far taken part in six Festivals of Inclusive Sport, trying out four adapted sports.
John has demonstrated inclusive sport in action and delivered talks at over 100 different schools across the country, engaging with over 7,000 people and inspiring one disabled youngster to swim in the deep end of the school pool for the first time.
We want to do more! This year we aim to deliver 60 Power House Games and five inclusive Festivals. Lets make sport more inclusive and accessible to everyone.