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Team BRIT founder recognised in Lucozade Sport’s 2019 ‘Movers List’

Team BRIT’s CEO and Founder, Dave Player, has been named amongst the Lucozade Sport ‘Movers List’ –  recognising and celebrating the unsung people who inspire others to move.

The list is part of the brand’s campaign to encourage people to take part in fitness and exercise.  By sharing the ‘Movers List’, it hopes to inspire individuals to find out more about opportunities and classes on offer in their area.

Dave, who is from Newbury in Berkshire, is the CEO and Founder of Team BRIT, a competitive racing team of disabled drivers. It aims to be the first all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, and through its Racing Academy, it supports drivers with a range of physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport.

Dave served as a Royal Engineer in the Army from 1983 – 1988. He then joined the family real estate business in the Algarve where he suffered a spinal injury in 1991. After rehabilitation, he set up his own businesses, all connected to sport, tourism and property and rebuilt his life as a wheelchair user.

When he returned to the UK, he wanted to work with injured troops and set up the charity, KartForce.  After designing a set of hand controls that could fit any racing kart, he created opportunities for injured troops with a wide variety of disabilities to compete in karting events across the country.

In 2015, Team BRIT was formed to allow the injured drivers to take part in competitive racing.  From 2018, the team was open to civilian disabled drivers as well as injured troops, using the world’s most advanced hand control technology.

In February this year, the Team BRIT Racing Academy was launched, a UK-first, providing track day experiences for disabled drivers looking to try motorsport.

Dave says, “It’s a great honour to be named amongst the Mover’s List.  The campaign is all about encouraging people to get active and I hope that by learning about Team BRIT, disabled people may be inspired to try out a sport that they didn’t think they could do.

“Team BRIT is all about breaking boundaries and setting standards.  A disability doesn’t take away your ability to be active and I hope that the stories of our drivers will challenge people to think differently about disability sport.” 

More information on the Mover's List can be found here.

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