Award sponsored by Buckinghamshire County Council.
Launched by the Disability Karate Federation, the Kickstart 100 project was developed to engage 100 disabled people in martial arts. Adapted and taught by specialist teachers, the sport of karate is offered in a non-contact, safe, fun and exciting environment.
The sessions integrated elements of history, basic maths, language and social skills to the physical movements supporting participants in their mental health and emotional needs alongside their physical development.
So far, over 100 young people aged between 11 and 24 have taken part in the sessions based at Stoke Mandeville and 10 teachers who have also taken up karate are training as Activator Coaches.
The project continues at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and at extra-curricular session at three Special Schools. Each of the participants are now training for their next coloured belt.