PRESS RELEASE: Discover accessible sports in the Thames Valley at Rivertime Accessible Regatta

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday 14 June 2017

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

You are invited to the first ever Rivertime Accessible Regatta on the River Thames –
a showcase of the wide variety of accessible activities for children and young people with disabilities in the Thames Valley

On Wednesday 14 June, over 400 pupils from local special needs schools will take part in the Rivertime Accessible Regatta and for many this will be their first experience with competitive bell boating, accessible sailing, wheelchair powerboating and canoeing. Organisers, Rivertime Boat Trust together with Give Them a Sporting Chance have also called upon other charities and organisations to provide a chance for the regatta participants to try out other land-based accessible sports, such as new age curling, archery and wheelchair basketball.

“On some days, we have 18 youngsters with disabilities and within half an hour of being here they are all doing something – you know – not just sitting in a boat watching the countryside go by.  They are actually doing something and that is so lovely.”
(Roy May, Accessible Boat Club)

Why is this event unique?

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta is the first event of its kind in the Thames Valley and will be the first competitive sporting event for many of the participants. The regatta will see several hundreds of pupils taking part and some schools are also planning to bring some of their Year 10 trainee Sports Leaders to support the teams.

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta does not aim to be a stand-alone event and plans are already underway to make this an annual event on the river. In addition, participants are encouraged to follow through with the ‘chain of goodness’, by raising funds for a charity of their choice in whatever way they choose; while the organisers are in discussion with other organisations along the River Thames to stage similar events.

What is the opportunity?

  • Find out about the benefits of getting children and young people with disabilities on the water and learn about the challenges these activities pose
  • Discover which accessible sports are taking place in the Thames Valley
  • Gain insights on accessible sports from a variety of experts available for interview, including:
  • Simon and Pat Davis MBE, Rivertime Boat Trust Chairman and Co-founder
  • Anne Wadsworth OBE, Give Them a Sporting Chance Director
  • Lucy Herbert, Rivertime Boat Trust Head Skipper
  • Jonathon Hobbs, Hobbs of Henley Managing Director and Rivertime Boat Club Trustee
  • John Jenkins MBE, SportsAble President
  • Peter May, Rivertime Accessible Regatta Director
  • Charles Reed, English Federation of Disability Sports Chairman and Sport England Trustee
  • Be inspired by the volunteers and carers’ enthusiasm in ensuring that children and young people with disabilities get the chance to enjoy a fulfilling life

When and where?

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 10am – 2pm
You are invited to drop in at any time, but please let us know your expected time of arrival, so that we can meet your needs: arranging interviews and photography as required.
More information on the schedule of the day will become available in due course.

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre,
Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RR


Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to

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For further information, interview requests, or images please contact Firebird PR:

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About Rivertime Boat Trust

The Rivertime Boat Trust is a charity registered with the Charity Commission to provide and maintain a specially constructed boat and other facilities for the disabled and disadvantaged; organise trips in the boat on the middle Thames between Windsor and Oxford; and work with other charities involved with the disabled and disadvantaged that have similar objectives.

In designing the Rivertime Accessible Regatta, the Rivertime Boat Trust is being advised by a panel of experts on disability and aspires to stimulate children and young people with disabilities to develop a long-term involvement with accessible sports.

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About Give Them a Sporting Chance

Give Them a Sporting Chance offers those with disabilities and their carers an opportunity to turn their sporting and recreational dreams into reality. All recipients are recommended by organisations and, in return for living their dream, those who receive chances raise funds for another charity of their choice (but not Give Them a Sporting Chance). This makes the charity unique.

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