London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

RISE to the challenge and help young people and adults get into sport

Buddies and volunteers are currently being recruited to support children, young people, and adults with disabilities access sport.
The RISE (Richmond upon Thames Inclusive Sport and Exercise) initiative was launched by Richmond Council’s Sport Team in 2008 and promotes inclusive and disability specific sport opportunities across the borough.

They are looking for people who are interested in becoming a ‘RISE buddy’, which is a paid position, or volunteer at some of their sessions. Buddies and volunteers will be matched with an individual or small group and support them in the activity that they would like to do.

The sessions could be organised such as RISE football or RISE tennis, an exercise class at a sports centre, athletics club or casual use of the gym. The hours are flexible and the Council’s Sport’s Development Team will match the buddy or volunteer according to their experience, availability and interests.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Sport, Cllr Meena Bond, said: “Becoming a volunteer or buddy for someone who may find it difficult to access sport is a wonderfully rewarding opportunity for residents. It allows disabled people from across the borough to participate in exciting sport and exercise opportunities or develop existing skills at various weekly RISE clubs.”

An information session for people interested in becoming a RISE buddy or volunteer will be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 10.30am to 11.30am at the Civic Centre.
For more information contact Lizzy Roberts on 020 8831 6134 or email

For more information on RISE please click here.

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