THE Rotherham-born head of a charity promoting sport for the disabled has been awarded an MBE.
Barry Horne, chief executive of Activity Alliance, receives the gong in the New Year’s Honours for services to inclusivity in sport.
It comes after more than ten years at the charity’s helm, lobbying for inclusion an accessibility to sport for disabled people.
“What makes this honour really special for me is that it’s about success in including people,” he said.
“I’m so lucky to work with a fantastic team of talented and dedicated people. “But just as importantly, I’ve had the chance to meet and spend time with people in communities right across the country — people who tell incredible stories about how their lives have changed for the better.
“For me, there’s no greater reward than knowing that.”
Now of Nottingham, Barry’s earlier work in the charity sector included rights advice and campaigning on low income, homelessness and housing, before he had a spell in local government.
As Activity Alliance’s chief executive, one of his proudest achievements is Get Out Get Active (GOGA), a programme created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active.
Sam Orde, chair of Activity Alliance, said: “Barry is an inspiration to many who meet or work with him. “This honour is testament to his commitment to achieve fairness for disabled people in sport and activity.”