Our Coach Temi has just won the London and South-East Volunteer/Doorstep Coach of the Year from national charity StreetGames!
The award recognised Temi’s hard work in becoming a qualified sports coach as part of our Inclusive Activity Leaders project in partnership with Nike. The project trained both disabled and non-disabled people with the skills and qualifications to deliver inclusive activities, so more disabled Londoners can enjoy sport.
Temi said, “As a disabled person, I know that sometimes people may not want to try something as they don’t want to fail. It is important to remember that the smallest step forward is an improvement, even if that means just turning up.
“I always try and adapt my sessions so that everyone feels that they are taking part.
“Disabled people don’t get many chances to play sport. I loved becoming an Inclusive Activity Leader. I really enjoy coaching with Disability Sports Coach and helping disabled people see that they can play sport as much as everyone else.”
Temi received his award at the StreetGames network event for London and the South East, attending by over 80 people. The took place at the House of Sport, London.
Temi is disabled and from an early age had a passion for sport, both as a spectator and player.
It’s a drive that led him to volunteer with us through a college placement – and he’s stayed on ever since.
From day one Temi has been determined that no one is left out of sport. At every session, Temi demonstrates his knowledge of adapted sport, his understanding of disabled participants and his spirit of inclusivity.
Our partnership with Nike gave Temi a unique opportunity to become a qualified sports coach – which he grabbed with both hands. After months of intensive study, Temi gained his Level 2 coaching qualification. Soon after, Temi got a job as a paid coach with Disability Sports Coach.
Temi’s outstanding personal qualities set him apart from others. Hugh Elsegood, DSC’s Head of Service delivery said: “Temi is extremely popular due to his genuine passion and enthusiasm for sports coaching. He displays the vital attributes of patience, support and empathy when working with disabled participants.”
Temi’s success is so well-deserved. Thanks to partners like Nike and StreetGames, we’ll ensure more people like Temi have the chance to pursue their passion.