Inspiring children with special needs through sport


We are delighted to announce that our Chairman, Mike Jackson MBE, has been awarded the prestigious Points of Light award by The Prime Minister. The award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community .

You can read more about the award and Theresa May’s message by clicking the link below.

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Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth held their annual Charity Week in November raising over £10,000 for The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Our President Frank Bruno went along to the school to collect the cheque and to express our thanks their hard work and generosity.

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We are delighted to announce that Peter and Steph Shilton have accepted our invitation to become Ambassadors for The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Congratulations to Helen Thompson who broke the Junior World Record for the 100 Individual Medley at the Down Syndrome Euro Open Meet in Southampton at the weekend.
Helen now holds Junior World Records in both the 100m Individual Medley and the 200m Individual Medley. In addition she now has all the qualifying times she requires for competing in the Down Syndrome European Championships in Sardinia in September.


We look forward to continuing our sponsorship of Helen in 2019.

Helen Thompson breaks Junior World Record

Congratulations to Helen Thompson on breaking the Down Syndrome World Junior Record in the 200 metres Individual Medley at the 2019 Essex Championships over the weekend. Her time of 3:37.01 beat the previous record by 2 secomds.
The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation have been proud sponsors of Helen throughout 2018 and we are delighted to be able to continue our sponsorship in in 2019.

Helen Thompson was an award winner at our Sports Awards Lunch last December and after meeting her it was decided that The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation would sponsor her swimming training programme to help her to reach her full potential.

This week Helen has been competing at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships in Canada and we were delighted to learn that she has been crowned Junior World Champion in 50m breaststroke and also won the bronze medal in the 25m butterfly.

Congratulations Helen on a fantastic achievement

Presentations were made by Peter Shilton and Paralympic Gold Medallist Noel Thatcher. Pictured are Philip Chaplin, Peter Shilton, Stephanie Shilton and Noel Thatcher

On Sunday 1st July Bishops Stortford Running Club held their Stort 10 & 5 Mile run with the profits of the event being donated to The Presidents Sporting Club/Essex Disabled Sports Foundation. Presentations to the runners were made by Peter Shilton and Paralympic Gold Medallist Noel Thatcher.

Thanks go to Bishops Stortford Running Club for their organisation of a superb event and for their support of The Presidents Sporting Club

We are honoured that Peter Shilton OBE has included our charity as a Brand Partner on his recently launched website

Congratulations to our President, Frank Bruno, who ran in The Great North Run on Sunday to raise funds for The Presidents Sporting Club. Frank’s run was featured in The Daily Mirror:

Boxer Frank Bruno signed autographs and posed for selfies at the start with his fans. Raising money for the Presidents’ Sporting Club, and handicapped children, he said: “I have done half marathons all over the country, but I really enjoy this one. The money will help disabled kids around the UK, and across the world.

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The Presidents Sporting Club’s Celebrity Golf Classic is recognised as one of the most prestigious Celebrity-Am events that is held in the UK.This year we will be holding Celebrity Golf Classic at the Five Star Marriot, Hanbury Manor Golf and Country Club on Wednesday 5th July 2017.

What is included?

• A first class full English breakfast on arrival

• A Goodie Bag of leisure items for all the players

• Each team of three will be playing with a celebrity player

• Outstanding list of prizes for first four teams, nearest the pin, longest drive and best front nine and best back nine.

• In the evening a reception in the grounds of The Hanbury Manor Hotel and Country Club with musical entertainment.

• An excellent meal will be served followed by a full evening of top class entertainment.

The cost is £1000 for a team of three playing with a Celebrity

The President’s Sporting Club/Essex Disabled Sports Foundation (Registered Charity Number 1001176) has now raised over £1.5 million to provide sporting facilities and opportunities for children with special needs in East Anglia and the Home Counties.

To enter a team please contact Mike Jackson on 07584 251522

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