Special Olympian Launches New Project In Manchester

Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015

No Text Special Olympian and three time gold medallist, Kiera Byland, has launched a new project at Bridge College in Manchester.

The launch of The Kiera Project took place at the specialist further education college in Openshaw, run by local charity the Together Trust, and showcased the new venture from social enterprise, Performance For All North West.

Inspired by the story of the Special Olympian, Performance For All North West have collated their combined experiences and skills in order to deliver a practical and inspiring course of educational sessions to schools and similar organisations.

Special guest, cyclist Kiera Byland said, “The project came around because I wanted to help and inspire young disabled people to not give up on their dream. It might take a little bit longer than other people, but you can achieve it.”

Bridge College, hosts of the event, is part of Cheadle-based charity, the Together Trust and is a regional centre specialising in the education of young people aged 16-25 who have learning difficulties and disabilities.

Lisa Duncalf, Principal at Bridge College, said, “We are proud to have hosted the Manchester launch of this project and Kiera is an inspiration to our young people to overcome barriers and succeed.”

The Kiera Project pilot is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. At the launch there were 5 pilot sessions available and Performance For All North West will soon be working alongside organisations in Greater Manchester including schools and community groups.

Jade Mottley, Founder of Performance For All added, “We set this project up to create opportunities for individuals with intellectual (learning) or physical disabilities. We wanted to create an easier journey with fewer barriers to inspire young people to go get involved in sport.”

Along with practical sports sessions and information about disability awareness workshops, the event showcased the project and the Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Programme (MATP), delivered by the Special Olympics MATP Technical Advisor Dr Niamh Reilly.

For more information on The Kiera Project, visit and to learn more about the Together Trust’s Bridge college, visit

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