New DASL ‘Into Sport’ project for Disabled People
Disabled people in London will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Inclusion London received £501,000 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund, for its “Into Sport” project.
“Into Sport” is one of 44 projects across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for disabled people to play sport.
“Into Sport” is a partnership between Inclusion London, Interactive, and five user-led disabled people’s organisations across London. The project will tackle barriers disabled people face in accessing sport, and support disabled people to view sport and physical activity as a relevant lifestyle choice
Business Development Manager, Alex Hendra, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from the Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. This invaluable funding will allow user-led disabled people’s organisations to extend the opportunities for disabled people in London to get involved in sport.”
Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Inclusion London 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 today's £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.
visit Sport England's website at www.sportengland.org
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