People with a disability will have more opportunities to get involved in sport across Lincolnshire, thanks to a £10million investment in disability sport.
Sport England has announced that 44 projects in the UK will benefit from £10.2 million of National Lottery funding from their Inclusive Sport fund.
Part of Sport England’s ‘Places People Play’ legacy programme, the Inclusive Sport fund aims to bring the inspiration and magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games to communities all over the country.
Ian Brown, Equality and Diversity Officer at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “Although projects in Lincolnshire haven’t received direct funding, the county will benefit indirectly. Nationally, the Wheelchair Football Association has received £350,000 to deliver hundreds of introductory and coaching sessions for powerchair football. This funding will have an impact in Lincolnshire as, with additional support available, we will now be able to resurrect a club in Lincoln utilising our 10 specialist sports powerchairs.”
The 10 powerchairs are part of the Lincolnshire Wheelchair Sports Programme, funded by NHS Lincolnshire and supported by Lincolnshire Cooperative, which delivers wheelchair sports in schools across the county. 20,000 individuals have been engaged with the programme since it began in November 2009.
Ian added: “Lincolnshire Cricket and the University of Lincoln are also working together to develop table cricket. £130,000 of Inclusive Sport funding given to CP Sport nationally to develop table cricket will enable local projects to benefit from better resources and an improved player pathway.”
With the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a key focus for many sports and organisations across the county, the Inclusive Sport fund will help tackle the opportunity gap that sees one in six disabled adults playing sport regularly, compared to one in three non-disabled adults. In response to the high quality of bids, Sport England increased the funding available through this legacy programme from £8 million to over £10 million.
Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said: “We have one simple aim with this investment: to make sport a viable choice for disabled people, young or not, talented or not. It is a tribute to the organisations who bid for funding that we had so many high quality proposals we were able to increase the lottery funding available from £8 million to over £10 million.”
Charles Reed, the Chair of English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), said: “The number of applications and the increase in the fund made available highlights how many organisations have been inspired to increase inclusive sports participation at every level. It is fantastic to see such a wide range of successful projects, which will indeed make a wider impact on local and national provision for disabled people. We look forward to working with the project leaders to share better practices, promote the opportunities and ensure disabled people can be active for life”.
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