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Legacy fund aims to continue momentum from Paralympic Games.
Projects giving disabled people more opportunities to get involved in sport will benefit from a £10.2 million cash injection.
Britain’s greatest Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, was among those at Mile End Leisure Centre and Stadium today to see first-hand how it will help to break down barriers to participation.
“This funding will go a long way to helping those inspired by the outstanding performances of our Paralympians this summer to get out and try sport for themselves,” she said. “It’s fantastic to see such a wide range of organisations benefiting.”
In response to the high quality of bids for funding, Sport England increased the amount available through the fund from £8 million to more than £10 million.
“We have one simple aim with this investment: to make sport a viable choice for disabled people, young or not, talented or not,” Chief Executive Jennie Price said. “It is a tribute to the organisations who bid for funding that we had so many high quality proposals.”
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said: “We want to continue the momentum from the London 2012 Paralympic Games and do all we can to increase opportunities for people with a disability to get involved in sport. The Paralympics was arguably the biggest success of the summer and we want to leave a real legacy from the Games.”
Groups benefiting from the fund include:
- Together East, which will receive more than £560,000 to deliver initiatives in East London culminating in an annual festival of disability sport on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park;
- The Wheelchair Football Association, which has been awarded £352,381 to deliver hundreds of introductory and coaching sessions for Powerchair football;
- The Down’s Syndrome Association, which will receive £290,145 to build on its successful DS Active programme for children and young people.