Sport has the potential to connect communities together. But why do so many barriers still remain for minority groups?
The Community Life Survey found that in the UK, people with a long-term illness or disability felt a greater disengagement with their local community compared to the rest of the population.
The MFC Foundation was set up in 1996 as the charitable arm of the football club. It aims to raise aspirations of the local community and uses the football club’s brand and status to help the Teesside area.
The foundation’s ‘Borobility’ programme helps children with cerebral palsy, a condition which can affect coordination, hearing and vision.
Middlesbrough player Sam McQueen says that it is important for him and other players to get involved and give back to their community.
TS1 Tees Valley Sports, established in 2015, are a multi-sport organisation who run various programmes. Their ambition is to get people in the community believing that they can compete at the highest level.
Sports Development Officer Keir Tattersdill says that the programmes help bring people together.