Former Sporting Chances

Would you like to play snooker with a World Champion? Swim with dolphins? Watch a Test Match at the Oval? Sail? Ride? Milk a cow?

Give Them a Sporting Chance is a registered charity which gives carers and those with disabilities, of all ages, the opportunity to make their sporting or recreational dreams come true. Since its foundation in 1990, many people have been helped.

Sport and recreation play important roles in our lives, while the benefits and pleasures of participating in sporting and recreational events have become increasingly apparent. Those of us who can turn our dreams into reality are fortunate indeed. Give Them a Sporting Chance exists to help those special people for whom dreams are much harder to realise.

A glance through our past Sporting Chances will confirm that the most serious illnesses and disabilities present no barrier to dreams. Sadly, those whom we seek to help have many other challenges in their lives to overcome. Give Them a Sporting Chance can make an experience which seemed so out of reach become attainable after all and can help create memories that will last a lifetime.

All Sporting Chances since 1990

Sporting Chance Details Funds Raised For
Lunch on board the Strathspey Steam railway on a journey from Broomhill to Aviemore and back to Broomhill,see Youtube! A group of over 90 from the Moray and Nairn Riding for the Disabled Group, including carers, helpers, recipients and friends. Riding for the Disabled
A visit to Inverness Dalcross Airport and a flight in a PDG helicopter,a visit to the Airport Fire Station followed by a tour and lunch given by the airport. A young man with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 In the process of raising funds for a charity of his choice.
A visit to RAF Lossiemouth, flying in a Tornado jet, simulator,see Youtube! A disabled man The Laich of Moray Trust, providing transport for disabled and older people
Transport to and sessions at a local hydrotherapy pool Disabled children's playgroup Local charities
Attending a Chelsea football match Forty six young carers Local cancer charities
A trip to London A group of disabled students Hospice South West
A year's subscription to golf tournaments and competitions A partially sighted man Local charities
A round of golf with Simon Dyson Young boy with cerebral palsy Local school
Attending the British Grand Prix A young man suffering from a brain tumour RNLI
A weekend at Butlins with her family A young woman suffering from a brain tumour Local charities
A trip with his family to Disney World A young boy with eye cancer Local charities
Funding for a series of kayak tours, cleaning up canal locks Disabled / able bodied charity group Macmillan Cancer Trust
Holiday to Disneyworld Two young siblings who cared for terminally ill parents London Fire Service Benevolent Fund
First time in plane Disabled young woman -
Day with Top Gear Team Two injured soldiers Army Benevolent Fund
Liverpool vs Newcastle match Young man with cerebral palsy Local cancer charity
New wheelchair Young Romanian woman amputee Local charities
F.A Cup Final Young boy with xeroderma pigmentosum XP Support group
West End Theatre Trip Group of young carers Local cancer charity
Attending the Manchester United v Barcelona match A young boy suffering from an allergy to UV light Local charities
Hand cycle across South Island New Zealand A disabled ex-rugby player Stem cell research
A day of activities and fun A group of eighty five carers from Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Air Ambulance
A sponsored walk from Land's End to John O'Groats A group of eight veterans suffering from PTSD Veterans International Aid
Carriage driving holiday A young woman with Prader Willi syndrome and scoliosis Local charities
Visit to Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado A young boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy A local school
Visit to Celtic Training Ground A man with cerebral palsy A cerebral palsy charity
Curling match against the British Mens World Championship Curling Team A wheelchair bound man and his team of wheelchair curlers Marie Curie Hospice
A trip to London A group of college students with special needs NSPCC
A visit to the UK to watch a rugby match between Bucharest and Worcester A wheel chair bound young man from Romania Local charities
A visit to Los Angeles to watch the LA Lakers play A young man with cancer CLIC Sargent
A day with Arsenal players and manager at the Emirates Stadium A young man with multiple injuries Army Benevolent Fund
A day with the English football squad, dinner and attendance at a home international A young man with severe burns Army Benevolent Fund
Attending the Paralympics in Beijing A teenager with cerebral palsy A cerebral palsy charity
Sailing with Ellen MacArthur A young boy with cerebral palsy The Ellen MacArthur Trust
Music therapy lessons A developmental playgroup Local charities
Meeting the players of Liverpool football team A young boy with cerebral palsy Riding for the Disabled
Attending the Michael Parkinson show, meeting Lewis Hamilton backstage and a trip to the Honda Factory A young man recovering from cancer A hospital cancer unit
Riding Lessons A young girl with juvenile arthritis Barnardos
A visit to the studio and set of BBC's Eastenders A group of college students with learning difficulties NSPCC & Macmillan Cancer Support
Meeting Ade Adepitan and a visit to the set of Desperados A young boy with brittle bone disease A charity for those with brittle bones
A day spent with huskies A young girl with TAR syndrome TAR Syndrome Society
A George Michael concert and backstage visit Two carers Requirement waived
Dune driving in Dubai A young man with cerebral palsy and Asperger's syndrome A theatre group for disabled students
Meeting world champion Valentino Rossi and a visit to the Ducati museum and factory A family with varied problems A local school
Attending a Test match at the Oval A wheelchair-bound man with epilepsy Various causes
Hang gliding in the Swiss Alps A person with Cerebral Palsy and two carers A hospital scanner appeal
Attending the three British and Irish Lions Rugby Tests in New Zealand A person with multiple sclerosis and carer The MS Therapy Centre (South Wales)
Competing in a series of International Table Tennis Competitions A group of severely physically disabled Romanian young people The St Mary's Day Centre in Cluj, Romania" "A Visit to Slimbridge Bird Sanctuary, The Eden Project and The New Forest
A Theatre Group visiting and performing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi A group of disabled and able-bodied actors and carers The Lhanbryde Young Parents Group
The Horse of the Year Show A young person with cerebral palsy Riding for the Disabled
Attending the Olympics in Greece and the three-day equestrian event A person with cerebral palsy and carers Riding for the Disabled
Link with the band "Busted" A young person with a brain tumour Fund-raising requirement waived
The Rugby World Cup in Sydney, Australia A quadriplegic person and three carers The Teenage Cancer Trust
Trip to Center Parc Norfolk A group of young carers from East Anglia Childrens Hospice East Anglia Childrens Hospice
Euro Disney A family with disabilities and their carers from East Anglia Childrens Hospice East Anglia Childrens Hospice
Gordonstoun Sail Training on West Coast of Scotland A group of Glasgow carers -
Motor Racing with Ralf Schumacher and the BMW Williams Grand Prix Team at Silverstone Two young people one with muscular dystrophy and one from East Anglia Children's Hospice Friends of Special Needs Children
Quad Biking A group of Moray young carers Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Motor Racing with Pedro de la Rosa and the Jaguar Grand Prix Team A man with multiple sclerosis The Forres and National branches of Multiple Sclerosis
Visiting Landmark Adventure Centre near Aviemore A group of fifty young carers The Leonard Cheshire Foundation
Attending the Brazilian Grand Prix A group of people from all over Brazil The Leonard Cheshire Foundation
Attending a Brazilian National Football Match with Pele A group of disabled men from San Paulo The Leonard Cheshire Foundation
Milking a Cow A blind person with cerebral palsy Red Cross House
Tall Ship sailing from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth An amputee with head injuries Crossroads (Moray) Care Attendant Scheme
A visit to Edinburgh, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Dynamic Earth, The Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, The Museum of Discovery, Ten Pin Bowling, The Witchery Tour of Old Edinburgh, and Macdonalds! All for a family of four with a child suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Moray Carers project.
Visit to a Bible College in America. A young person from Cardiff with Cerebral Palsy A Cardiff Youth Club for disabled young people.
Learning to Swim A family of five facing Down's Syndrome, severe hearing and visual challenges, as well as eczema and chest complaints. The Ladybird Development Group and Autism in Moray
Canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling and white-water rafting in Denver, Colorado A young person with learning disabilities and partial hearing and asthma, another young person with multiple sclerosis and co-ordination problems with their carer who has neurological problems which have caused her to become a wheelchair user. The Moray Carers project
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna Students with special needs from the Cantray Bridge Agricultural College The Scottish Downs Syndrome Association (Highlands and Islands Branch)
The Opening Ceremony and match, Scotland v Brazil of The World Cup in Paris A partially sighted teenager with brain damage The Grampian Society for the Blind; The Scottish Head Injuries Trust
Meeting the Scottish Football Squad at Hampden, Glasgow prior to The World Cup A partially sighted person and a partially sighted epileptic person The Grampian Society for the Blind
A trip to Euro-Disney, France Thirty children with special needs and thirty carers from Drummond Parents Support Group, Inverness The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and numerous other charities
Swimming with dolphins in Florida A young person with cerebral palsy A cerebral palsy charity
Sailing a large yacht An elderly person who has had a stroke and is partially paralysed and a person with multiple sclerosis who is wheel-chair bound The Chest Heart and Stroke Association; Cancer Research
Attending The Number One Court at Wimbledon and meeting Tim Henman A young person from Surrey with severe arthritis in both his hips Rascals
Embassy World Snooker Championships - to meet Jimmy White A family of five. Mother and two children suffering from myotonic dystrophy Rotary International
Visiting El Reino Aventura, Mexico A young teenager with cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy and asthma St John's School for The Disabled, Loughton, Essex
Challenge The Gladiators, Birmingham Arena A child with cystic fibrosis; Wilm's tumour The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund
Attending The National Disabled Sports Championship, Wishaw, Scotland Physically disabled sportsmen and women; people with learning difficulties The 1997 World Championships for people with disabilities
Attending concerts of the Gordonstoun Concert Society A woman with lumbar disc paralysis and osteo-arthritis The Shealin Trust of Scotland
Dolphin Therapy. Dr David Nathanson at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida A boy with autism Trellis House, Bristol
Driving with World Champion Nigel Mansell round a Grand Prix circuit A teenager with cerebral palsy Red Cross House in Glasgow
Flying in a Buccaneer jet simulator A teenager with spina bifida The RAF Benevolent Fund
A visit to a local radio station A man with learning disabilities A residential home for people with disabilities
Playing snooker with Stephen Hendry, reigning World Champion Two children one with spina bifida and one with brittle bone disease Riding for the Disabled, The Elgin Community Centre
Visiting the bulb fields of Holland A woman with arthritis The Heart and Stroke Foundation
A weekend swimming in a luxury heated pool in Scotland A woman with asthma The patient was too ill to travel from Orkney
Swimming in the Nairn Hydro-therapy Pool for twelve months Three young children one with spina bifida one with meningitis, one with muscular dystrophy and one with cerebral palsy FACES, a group of disabled children

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"I think that Give Them a Sporting Chance is a great charity providing fantastic experiences not only for the carers and people with disabilities, but also for the sports people who are lucky enough to be involved.."

Tim Brabants