Disabled sports gets a boost

Britain’s greatest paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson joined residents to mark International Day of Disabled People at Mile End Park Leisure Centre on December 3.

Tower Hamlets Council organised a sports bonanza to encourage disabled residents to get active with community groups and sports club taking part.

At the event Sport England announced a fund of £10.2 million to be shared across projects around the country to make sports more inclusive.

The Inclusive Sport fund will tackle the opportunity gap that sees one in six disabled adults playing sport regularly, compared to one in three non-disabled adults.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “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.

“It’s fantastic to see such a wide range of organisations benefitting – all of them focused on helping more disabled people to discover how much sport has to offer.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “The Sport England grant will go a long way to opening up sports for all.

“It is only right that disabled residents should have the same opportunity to access sports and I comment the work of all of sports groups who are working to break down barriers.”

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England said: “We have one simple aim with this investment: to make sport a viable choice for disabled people, young or not, talented or not.”

The council is a partner in a successful bid of £564,304 to create Paralympic Legacy Ambassadors and develop accessible equipment and multi sports club.

The collaborative project between the London Legacy Development Corporation, Pro-Active East London, five of the Olympic and Paralympic Host Boroughs, Greenwich Leisure Limited, WheelPower and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Together East will deliver a multi-sport participation programme culminating in an annual festival of disability sport on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The funding will pay for portable sports equipment giving disabled people the chance to get involved at times and places that suit them.

The project will also recruit disabled people as ambassadors for sport as well as working directly with venues, facilities and clubs to improve their sports offer.

Access Sport based in the borough, has been given £390,000 to develop a national project to raise awareness of disabled sports.

December 10, 2012