Helping Surrey’s carers get into sport

Adult carers, Armed forces carers, Professionals, Young adult carers, Young carers
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On 21st November we launched a new initiative to help more carers get involved with sport in Surrey.

The Surrey Carers Sporting Collaborative brings together Surrey County Council, the Diocese of Guildford and Action for Carers Surrey. Along with Surrey County Cricket Club, Surrey Football Association and Surrey Rugby, together, we are exploring ways to enable more carers to participate in sport.

The project launched on Carers Rights Day at the Kia Oval, home of Surrey County Cricket Club. Two young adult carers attended the event, joining Richard Thompson, Chair Surrey County Cricket Club; Tony Samuels, Chair Surrey County Council; John Bangs, Surrey County Council; Chevy Green, Cricket Participation Manager Surrey County Cricket Club; Tamsyn Woodman, Football Development Officer Surrey FA; Jamie Gault, CEO Action for Carers; and The Revd. Clive Richardson Diocese of Guildford.

With 10% of Surrey residents being carers, I see sport as a great opportunity for carers to become involved in sports and their local community. I am very happy to be an ambassador for this exciting project.

Tony Samuels, Chair Surrey County Council

A number of local clubs are already supporting carers with special events, such as young carers’ days, and the group is looking forward to enabling more of Surrey’s carers to enjoy sport. We will announce more opportunities next year.