Barton Inclusive FC Chairwoman Presented With Coronation Champion Award
Sophie Bartup, the Founder & Chairwoman of Barton Inclusive FC, has been presented with a Coronation Champions Award 2023 – which is in place to celebrate the work of extraordinary volunteers across the country – as part of the celebrations for the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
She is one of just 500 outstanding volunteers to be chosen as the nation’s Coronation Champions.
Barton Inclusive Football Club (BIFC), established in January 2019 and officially launching in July 2019, has made exceptional progress, and witnessed increased growth in terms of participation and workforce since starting their football delivery in September 2019.
The club is for people aged 8+ with any of the following disabilities or impairments: Learning disability/impairment, mental health illness, amputation, partially sighted, cerebral palsy, deaf, dwarfism or restricted growth conditions, other impairments or a medical condition which impact on someone’s sporting performance temporarily or permanently e.g., arthritis.
Sophie is also the Director at Little Victories in the Community CIC. Based in Barton-upon-Humber, the organisation founded in 2022 with the aim to change lives through sport.
Launched in March 2022 with their first project, in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport and The Lincolnshire Football Association. Their Cerebral Palsy and Frame Football sessions were their first ever project and continue to offer footballing opportunities for young people every week.
In a statement from Little Victories, it’s said that “Sophie impressed judges with her natural way of inspiring anyone who meets her. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion has led to many people experiencing life changing journeys through sport. Sophie identifies people’s qualities and brings out confidence in others to achieve their potential.”
“Sophie makes the world a brighter place and has helped so many football players and their families find what they have been searching for, a place where football truly is for all.”
After finding out about her recognition, Sophie said: “I am truly overwhelmed by this recognition. Every day I wake up wanting to help others and I see every day how our team of volunteers change lives, through their passion and commitment.”
“I feel privileged to represent the community of which I live, and all the volunteers who inspire me to strive for more inclusivity within sport. I’d like to dedicate this award to any young person who was told they’ll never play football, and who now, are living their dreams.”
Lincolnshire FA’s Football Development Officer (Disability & Inclusion), Jordan Mason, said: “Sophie is an amazing volunteer and the life and soul of her many clubs and communities. She is incredibly deserving of this award and it’s fantastic to see her recognised for her hard work and dedication. Congratulations Sophie!”
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