Harlow residents could benefit from Epping disability funding boost

News / Fri 2nd May 2014 at 11:41am

PEOPLE with a disability in Epping Forest will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Epping Forest District Council received £145,479 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

The project is one of 44 across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for people with disabilities to play sport.

The Epping Forest Project called ‘Six for All’ will work with local sports clubs to assist them in developing specialised disability sections, so that people with disabilities of all ages can take part in sport, both as participants and coaches. The project will create participation, voluntary and paid coaching opportunities for people with disabilities so that they can benefit from continued sports participation throughout their lives.

Sports and Health Development Manager James Warwick said: “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from the Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. It means a great deal in terms of increasing participation for disabled people in Epping Forest as it provides invaluable funding to help us extend the opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults in the local area to get involved in sport.”

Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Epping Forest District Council provide more opportunities for disabled people to give sport a go. Record numbers of disabled people now play sport and it’s thanks to clubs like this that we can continue to improve opportunities and make a real difference in communities.”

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey – an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent) which is why Sport England continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.

Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund supports programmes that aim to increase the number of disabled people playing sport. Since the fund launched, £17.1 million has been invested in 88 projects that make sport a viable lifestyle choice for disabled people.

As well as funding disability sport programmes, Sport England also funds equipment. In addition to the £8.06 million announcement, Sport England also recently awarded £1 million to 141 clubs across England to help them buy equipment to open up sport to disabled people.

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