Go For It! (GFI) was founded back in 1995 by Michelle Clarke and another volunteer through some voluntary work with a local charity run by students for children and adults with learning disabilities to play sports.
This entailed providing free group activity sessions but also 1:1 support to about 20 young people around the villages and towns of Oxfordshire.
Having a disability as a child, Michelle found it very difficult to communicate with her parents and other people and didn’t speak until she was 5 years old due to speech impairment.
Her school identified that she was very good at sports and amazingly confident on the football pitch, tennis court or hockey court but not in the classroom.
During her volunteering, coaching sports developed her confidence. The challenge came when she led a basketball session needing to communicate with others. This was difficult at first but got easy by accepting the challenge but also support and encouragement from those around her.
Michelle is today full of confidence, never giving up and always believing.