Barton Inclusive FC (BIFC) is a community-facing club providing inclusive football opportunities to disabled people in and around the Humber region.

Since the club began in 2019, its growth and success has been profound, with the hard work of their volunteers being at the core of their triumphs.

Volunteer Jo Newby travelled to Barton with her son to enable her adopted son Kasper to play, but soon realised that Hull needed something similar.

With the support of BIFC, Jo set up a club in Hull. 

Giving my son a chance has meant that over 50 different children in Hull, who have disabilities, have been able to play sports.

Volunteer Jo smiles in front of the statue of her in London for UK's kindest hero

We first became aware of Jo when she was nominated (several times!) for the HEY Smile Foundation's Volunteer Awards 2022 in the Sports Award category.

Award category sponsor, Active Humber, chose Jo and BIFC in Hull for their winner because she gives everything she has and takes on every role in the club, even stepping in to coach!

To find out more about Jo and her Sports Volunteer Award, please click here.

She's since become pretty famous, and even had a statue of herself displayed in London, having been nominated for UK's kindest hero!

To read a full case study on Jo and BIFC in Hull on Club Matters, please click here.

The Volunteer Awards will be rebranded this October to the Time2Volunteer Awards, and we can't wait to hear about more amazing active and sports volunteers!

Nominations open in June for Volunteers' Week so watch this space.

With thanks to The Yorkshire Post and Club Matters for images/text.

Funded and delivered by

Smile Foundation Hull CVS, community and voluntary services East Riding of Yorkshire Counsil Hull City Counsil
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