The Rivertime

Accessible Regatta

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

Wednesday 14th June 2017

with Give Them a Sporting Chance


HRH The Princess Royal will officially launch the Rivertime Accessible Regatta 2017, on 14th June. The event will bring together over 350 young people aged 8-15, with a wide range of disabilities and special needs.

Over 20 different local schools will attend the regatta giving hundreds of children with special needs the opportunity to join in sporting opportunities they may not have tried before. A full programme of water sports will take place along the Thames stretch at Bisham Abbey including:

Competitive Bellboating - a fun activity for all ages, bell boats can fit between 8-12 people in a very stable craft as it is constructed of two hulls where the paddlers sit connected with a platform in the middle. The boats are steered by a helm positioned at the stern of the boat

Sailing and powerboating - accessible sailing dinghies and motor boats will be available, the Rivertime launch for leisure trips and Coulam Wheelyboats V20 for more exhilarating trips that can reach speeds up to 30mph on open water

Accessible canoeing, which is debuting at this event, kayaking and rowing


Family Fun
Dragon Boats
All Ages
Team Challenge

An Accessible Regatta for Special Needs Schools.

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About Give Them a Sporting Chance

Give Them a Sporting Chance offers those with disabilities and carers of all ages an opportunity to turn their sporting and recreational dreams into reality. Recipients are recommended by organisations and, in return for living their dream, are asked to raise funds for another charity of their choice (but not Give Them a Sporting Chance). Over 100 organisations have benefitted from their superb efforts since the charity was founded in 1991. Give Them a Sporting Chance is run entirely by volunteers who believe that everyone can make a difference to someone else’s life and no act of human kindness is ever wasted.

Press Contacts

For press information about the Rivertime Accessible Regatta please contact :-

Firebird Public Relations

Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan

T: 01235 835297

M: 07977 459547


Downloadable Documents

All Regatta downloadable documents can be found on our downloads page

Other Charities

The Wheelyboat Trust

A registered charity, dedicated to providing mobility impaired people, young and old, with the opportunity and freedom to participate in waterborne activities all over the UK. The Wheelyboat Trust encourages boating venues to become accessible to disabled visitors and helps groups and organisations acquire Wheelyboats for their own use.

Sport England

Previously known as the English Sports Council, Sport England provides services and funding to sport in England.

Sports Able

Sports Able provide sports and activities and facilities to people with disabilities in the UK.

Accessible Boat Club

The Accessible Boat Club specialises in providing access to water sports for those that have a disability and need a specialist boat or need/prefer to access sport in a quiet low volume environment.

Marlow Wheels For All

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

Cycling For All

Cycling For All enables cycling for groups and individuals with disabilities and special needs.

Royal Yachting Association

The Royal Yachting Association is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft.

Engage Water Sports

Engage Water Sports is and outdoor activity company specialising in watersports including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, raft building.