Winner of the Community Engagement Award
Defiant Sports provide sports for all, regardless of ability or disabilities. They are fully community focused in what they do, always asking the question – “what would you like to do?”.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic they had approximately 50 regular attendees, however in the past year they have doubled this figure, now reaching a regular 100 attendees. This was achieved by a strong online presence over lockdowns, providing weekly YouTube sessions and Zoom socials.
Defiant Sports also carry out polls across their social media channels, getting the community to vote on which sessions they should offer next. This has received an overwhelming response across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with people voting and then commenting to suggest other sports or interacting with other players. Community engagement is at the core, consistently asking for their feedback and direction, and creating a community within which attendees and participants can engage with each other.
In October Defiant Sports organised the first ever pan-disability LTA tennis tournament. This saw people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, wheelchair users, and cerebral palsy all play against one another at a fair level. It will now be an annual event, after being requested by many across the nation, and being enjoyed by all who attended.