Cardiff Metropolitan University's Junior Athletics Club, the Cardiff Archers, was this week awarded the insport Ribbon Accreditation from Disability Sport Wales. The accolade recognises the club's inclusive approach to Athletics.
The award was presented to the club by Joanna Coates-McGrath and Hannah Pretty on behalf of Disability Sport Wales and Sport Cardiff. The presentation took place during the weekly Disability Athletics training session at the National Indoor Athletics Centre on the University's Cyncoed campus and the Cardiff Archers were commended for developing disability athletics participation, coaching and volunteering opportunities. Bridgend-born Paralympian athlete Nathan Stephens also attended the presentation to support the work of the club and meet some of the young athletes.
The insport programme consists of 4 incremental standards (Ribbon, Bronze, Silver and Gold), against which a series of goals must be met. Sporting organisations must show how programmes of inclusion have been embedded and explain how working towards inclusion has made a difference to them. The scheme aims to share excellence in ideas and practices around inclusion amongst sporting bodies nationally.
The Cardiff Archers Junior Athletics Club was established in 2012 and is based at Cardiff Metropolitan University's National Indoor Athletics Centre. The club developed from a junior athletics academy which has been running since 2000 and offers young athletes from the age of five, the opportunity to compete in both local and national competitions in track and field, cross country and road running. Coaching sessions take place 4.30 – 6.30pm week nights and are open to all abilities.
Sara Nicholes, Sport Development Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the insport Ribbon accreditation and to have the Cardiff Archers' commitment to inclusive sport development recognised. We will continue to ensure all our athletes have clear development pathways, underpinned by an inclusive philosophy, and look forward to working towards the insport Bronze accreditation in the near future".
Jon Morgan from Disability Sport Wales said, "We are delighted that the Cardiff Met Archers have been successful in illustrating their commitment to inclusive practice in Athletics. As similar sporting organisations work towards the insport accreditations, the result will be that opportunity is widened, participation increases, and disabled people become more active and engaged in sport.
"We work with many sports clubs and organisations like the Cardiff Met Archers who share our view that sporting opportunities should be available and accessible to the widest possible audience. Working collectively, we will achieve our vision of being a nation which is hooked on sport for life, and one which consists of many champions."