With the country enjoying the Olympic spirit and looking forward to the Paralympic games at the end of the month,Variety is delighted to be able to support a grass-roots disability sports organisation to ensure that more young people in the region have the opportunity to take part.

Tulip Ltd has implemented some fantastic fundraising initiatives across all of their nationwide teams and were delighted to present a cheque for £4,000 to the league this week alongside members of Exeter City Football Club. The Devon Ability Counts League is a series of football events for disabled players across the county, catering for male and female players aged eight and upwards to participate in games at central venues. These events include a number of outdoor football festivals involving hundreds of players playing simultaneously across many pitches.

The league also organised wheelchair football events, an adapted version of the game using larger footballs, and shares many of the same principles from above with players and clubs joining the events from all over Devon.

Tulip Ltd said:

“Tulip is absolutely delighted to see funds raised for Variety, the Children’s Charity, used to support Devon’s Disability Football League, especially as a member of staff is involved with the league. Our colleagues from all over the UK have been taking part in a whole host of exciting fundraising events as diverse as a ‘Beat the Ferry’ rowing competition, sponsored skydiving and a cycling marathon, to the more customary dragon boat racing and dress down days, all in a bid to help raise the much-needed funds Variety requires to out all of its good work.”

A member of the Devon Ability Counts League, commented:

“Each year these football events support hundreds of disabled players throughout the county and thanks to the generous support of Variety, the Children’s Charity, and Tulip Ltd, the Devon Ability Counts League has a secure future.”

The teams at Tulip Ltd have set themselves the target of raising £80,000 this year to help support the work of the charity across the UK.

Thank you to everyone at Tulip Ltd for their wonderful fundraising efforts!

Variety is also very proud to support disability sport at all levels and through a partnership with SportsAid, the charity for Sportspeople, has provided funding for 55 young disabled athletes including 17 who have been called up to the Team GB Paralympic squad.