Saracens - Robbie Running With and For Autism #LIUB

Mar 30, 2016

Robbie Running With and For Autism #LIUB


On this World Autism Awareness Day please take a moment to read about Sarrie’s Skills Club’s very own runner Robbie.

The London Marathon is quite rightly a challenge itself but when you couple this with severe Autism it truly multiplies this achievement into an incredible feat.

This is Robbie’s story.

Robbie has lived with autism his entire life. The severity of his autism means that his day to day life is not without challenge, he requires 1 to 1 support to engage in everyday activity. A simple change in stimuli or a slight change in routine can lead to Robbie lashing out at those closest to him. He may become very angry and upset with a situation and his family and friends are vital in helping him to overcome these episodes and in helping Robbie to move forward from this.

For the past couple of years Robbie has attended Saracens Sport Foundation’s Autism sports club (Sarries Skills Club) where he has been able to find and pursue a new hobby in running. Robbie’s passion for running has had a hugely positive impact on his life and it has allowed him not only to make new friends and develop within himself, but it has also given him a medium with which to help control his outbreaks.

Whilst at Sarries Skills Club Robbie has become the running team captain and with the help and support of the staff at Saracens Sport Foundation, Robbie was able to train for and along with his father David, complete the Silverstone half marathon in an incredible 1:47 a time which is hugely impressive for anyone let alone someone who has autism to contend with also.

To follow on from this incredible success Robbie, David and 2 members of Saracens Sport Foundation staff, Harry and Owain will be taking on non-other than the iconic LONDON MARATHON this year. The team will support Robbie around the gruelling 26 miles as he and they, take on this great personal challenge, raising awareness of autism and the positives that can be achieved with the right support.

Together they aim to fundraise a combined total of £6000 which will go towards Sarries Skills Club and ensure its members continue to receive the highest levels of support. In order to do this the team, which has been named ‘Robbie’s Runners’ would be hugely appreciative of any donation no matter how big or small to contribute to this incredible task.

David, (Robbie’s Dad) said “it’s fantastic to see Robbie excelling alongside his peers when doing his training for the marathon, this challenge means a lot more than raising money, it allows Robbie to engage in the community and to achieve successes in a truly inclusive environment".

Owain,  (Saracens Sports Foundation) Said “Robbie has inspired so many people with his training alone, we regularly have 7 people 3 with autism, training with us every Wednesday evening at Allianz Park. The challenge now is keeping up with Robbie!”

To support Robbie’s challenge, please visit http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/saracensfoundation/sarries-disabilitysport  and kindly donate whatever you can.

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