JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charityDoug and Ricky, founders of Challenge Sport and Education training courses

Doug and Ricky, founders of Challenge Sport and Education training courses

Doug and Ricky

When it comes to finding a cure and tackling type 1 diabetes, it is definitely all about the winning, not the taking part for Doug Berlin and Ricky Lawrence. These two energetic 27 year-olds created Challenge Sport and Education (CSE), offering children the opportunity to take part in a variety of different activities and team sports in and around north-west London and Hertfordshire, and a club helping us to #TackleType1. When it comes to beating type 1, CSE has their eyes set on the goal.

Challenge Sport and Education offers flexible sports programmes out of school hours, including evening, weekend and holiday courses. Children are able to take part in the most popular sports, including football, cricket and netball, but are also able to play handball, volleyball and tag rugby. Dance, rounders and orienteering are also on offer. Challenge Sport and Education was the brainchild of Ricky and Doug, who are both experienced coaches. Their core vision upon the formation of CSE was to create an environment where boys and girls of all abilities can participate in, and, crucially, enjoy their sport.

Neither Doug nor Ricky has a direct link to type 1 diabetes but were motivated to get involved with #TackleType1 as some of the children who attend the CSE holiday courses live with type 1 diabetes and Doug and Ricky wanted to get involved with something with direct links to children they work with.

CSE holds an annual charity day, and for this inaugural year, we were the lucky charity to receive the proceeds. After a hugely impressive effort, where coaches wore our special sports kits for the day and put on special events and games, a terrific £700 was raised, helping to support vital research into type 1 diabetes.