Cardiff City FC Foundation teamed up with BBC Children in Need this time last year to create a project that "uses sport to change lives."

The aim of the project is to increase access to physical activity for disabled children and young people; improve social skills and interactions; give disabled children and young people the opportunity to reach their potential. This ties into the overall theme of tackling inequalities through access to sport to improve health and wellbeing.

Using football sessions across numerous impairment-specific groups allows us to help young people become more active, have fun, and express themselves. Some of the groups that attend have included physical disabilities as well as holding sessions for those with Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities and hearing impairments. 

Jensen O’Riordan – Participant

Jensen is 6 years old and has been attending the Learning Disability sessions on Sundays for around 8 months. Initially, Jensen was timid and didn’t want to join in. Now Jensen has grown in confidence and have made a number of friends in the sessions.

“I love coming to the sessions and playing football. I’ve learnt new skills and I have made lots of new friends!”

Through the sessions Jensen has been able to improve his physical and social skills as well as improving his confidence through the power of sport and the support of BBC Children in Need.

BBC Children in Need has supported 350 children and young people like Jensen since 2016 as part of Cardiff City FC Foundation's Impairment Specific Project.

  • Number of participants - 350 (target 212)
  • Contact Hours – 3553
  • Number of Sessions – 363

Everyone at Cardiff City FC Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to BBC Children in Need, and we hope that we can continue to thrive in the future with their support.