The College also aims to engage with the local community by linking with local disability clubs, sports clubs and offering access for hiring the facilities outside of College hours.
Portland’s fundraising team are working hard to secure funding but are also urging businesses, residents, community and fundraising groups to come out in force in the coming months to back the campaign.
Dr. Mark Dale, Principal of Portland College, said: “The Academy will serve students at Portland College, local disability clubs, the great county of Nottinghamshire and beyond – we are already in discussions with National Governing Bodies for disability sport to support their training needs in the future.”
For students accessing the Academy, there is a focus on five key sports; wheelchair rugby, boccia, football, badminton and wheelchair basketball. Individuals will be encouraged to access these sports for recreation and fitness, together with training to compete at all levels from grassroots up to elite performance.
The official launch for Portland College’s plans are due to happen in late Summer and will tie-in with a charity black tie ball, attended by corporate sponsors, National Governing Bodies for sport and guests of honour from the sporting world – further details will be released once confirmed.
The College’s staff have already started their fundraising mission by raising money through sporting challenges including tackling the Three Peaks and the Total Warrior assault course. A number of other fundraising initiatives are planned by the College, including the inaugural Portland College Charity Cup, a football match at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium in May.