Funding boost to increase disabled sport opportunities

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Disabled people across the area will have more opportunities to get into sport thanks to £8 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

With disabled people only half as likely to play sport on a weekly basis compared to non-disabled, the funding will help tackle the opportunity gap by investing £7 million through the Inclusive Sport fund and £1 million in Get Equipped, a new disability equipment fund.

Sport England chief executive Jennie Price, said: “Last summer’s Paralympic Games were real game changer for disability sport but at the grassroots we need to do much more to make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people. You might not be the next Johnnie Peacock, but if you have a disability and want to play sport, it’s just as important that you have access to facilities, equipment and coaching.”

The second round of Inclusive Sport fund is taking place in October and will allow for more organisations with good ideas and the right expertise the chance to open up sport for disabled people.

The £1 million of new funding available through Get Equipped will also help address the need for specialist equipment to deliver disability sport.