Name of Company:Deloitte
Programme Name:Deloitte Parasport - Disability Sport Programme
Staff in London:6000
In 2007, Deloitte launched their Parasport - Disability Sport Programme. The Programme was chosen due to the strong synergy with the firm's values, the lasting impact it would have at grassroots level and with the hope it would enhance Deloitte's own understanding of key issues and application of their skills and talents.
The programme works with the British Parasport Association and SportsAid to develop disability sport in the UK. Through cash donations and employee time Deloitte support many different aspects of Disability Sport including: Deloitte Parasport, a website which supports disabled people in the community - encouraging them to get active in sport, to find the best sport for their disability, and to take up competitive opportunities and the Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS) which provides financial assistance to athletes. Deloitte is looking at opening up opportunities in their Graduate scheme to TASS athletes.
The programme works through and with experts disability sport, to ensure real needs are met. Both partners, the British Paralympic Association and SportsAid have a clear governance and oversight structure in place with Deloitte, enshrined in a legal agreement, and with accountability at Managing Partner level in the firm. One Partner working with a Manager takes responsibility for the activation of the programme with our people: creating opportunities for us to get involved through volunteering, as well as maintaining Deloitte's long term financial commitment. Every Deloitte office has a Paralympic Programme Champion. Champions are used to promote volunteering opportunities and recruit suitable candidates.
Deloitte's programme has had a huge impact on disability sport, not least in leveraging match funding from the government, and hence providing a huge investment into disability sport and the Paralympics. More than 20 young people who were funded by Deloitte competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the GB Paralympic squad. 15 Deloitte employees volunteered to help with the general running of the Paraylmpic World Cup and British Wheelchair Athletics trails, and 10 Deloitte volunteers assisted with the kit-out and send-off of athletes. Deloitte Parasport is accessed by 17,000 people per month.
Deloitte's contribution has been hailed as a 'transformational investment' in disability sport. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has praised the firm's vision and the excellence of our programme
"Basically, after an operation on my leg to remove a tumour I conceded that I probably wouldn't be able to do sports anymore. However, after looking on the internet and stumbling across www.parasport.org.uk, I realised that I could still do sports"
Tom, Parasport user