Sport for the disabled
For many years Rabobank has been a major sponsor of cycling and equestrian sports. Rabobank Foundation aims to boost the accessibility of these sports for the disabled, working together with the national cycling federation KNWU and Dutch equestrian sport federation KNHS.
Six years ago Rabobank Foundation initiated its ‘Paracycling talent development’ programme to train cycling talents with physical disabilities. The results reaped by the programme do us proud: six medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, of which one a gold. From 2013 the focus shifted to initiating and developing a structured sports offering to make cycling widely available to disabled athletes. Clubs have since become increasingly keen to offer para cycling, so boosting the throughput of young talent.
Rabobank Foundation has been working together with the KNHS since 2012 to make horse riding more available to those with disabilities. Adaptive equestrian sports play a key therapeutic and recreational role for countless riders with physical or cognitive disabilities and the two partners ultimately seek to enable disabled riders to link up with the successful Rabo Talent Plan. This programme helps and supports talented riders in pursuing an international career. In 2014 Rixt van der Horst became the first para dressage talent to make it onto the team – a wonderful acknowledgement of her abilities which resulted in many successes. In addition to aiding development of the Talent Plan, Rabobank Foundation also actively supports further growth of the sport as a whole.
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