Disability Sport boosted by huge investment

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The Paralympics have proved a huge success Source Flickr - Belhaven2011

A year on from the most successful Paralympic games the country had even more to be celebrated on National Paralympic day after Sport England donated £8 million from the National Lottery Fund.

£7 million of the money will help to encourage all disabled people to get involved in a sport and follow their heroes such as Johnnie Peacock, David Weir or Ellie Simmonds.

The rest will be invested in the Get Equipped programme, which will allow clubs to apply for up to £10,000 of funding to purchase specialist equipment for disabled athletes.

The funding helps embed and reassure the athletes of both Olympics that the legacy promised before the London games is still very much on track.

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of his total respect for all athletes and gratitude for reinstating a passion needed for sport in this country.

“London 2012 ignited an enthusiasm for sport across Britain and this funding will help secure our Paralympic legacy, giving more disabled people the opportunity to get active and enjoy sport,” Cameron said.

The investment is also a signal of intent to reassure the many disabled people who want to participate in sport that one day their aim of making grass roots sport available to all can be achieved.

It builds on from Sport England’s other investments which amount above £150 million concentrated on making grassroots available to everyone.

The investment will concentrate on projects such as ‘Active Kids for All’ and ‘Get Equipped’ where they work with clubs and schools to offer disabled people that chance to participate in a sport of their choice.

Oundle Town Rowing Club in Northamptonshire is just one of many projects that has reaped the rewards from the funding given to them as their project enables disabled people to work on their mobility through rowing machines and on-the-water training.

With the funding coming on the first National Paralympic day it brought a nostalgic atmosphere across the nation as they reminisced about the Olympics & Paralympics and relief knowing that the legacy promised is very much in line to be fulfilled.


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