South Gloucestershire awarded share of £8m to improve sports provision for the disabled
SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has been awarded a share of £8million to improve its sports provision for the disabled.
The authority has been handed £50,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to enhance its services over three years.
The council said to date it had received just over £9,000 through the Inclusive Sport fund. The additional funding is being used to expand the successful Choices 4 U service, a unique service for people with learning difficulties which promotes healthy activities and independent living.
Currently services are provided in partnership with the Circadian Trust at Kingswood and Yate leisure centres and thanks to the funding, the service has recently expanded to Bradley Stoke leisure centre.
Choices 4 U users from South Gloucestershire recently competed and won medals at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games, which were held in Bath between 28 August and 1 September.
Sport England chief executive Jennie Price said: "Last summer’s Paralympic Games were a real game changer for disability sport but at the grassroots we need to do much more to make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people.
"You might not be the next Johnnie Peacock, but if you have a disability and want to play sport, it’s just as important that you have access to facilities, equipment and coaching."
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said: "The Paralympics made people think about disability differently and I want to make sure that we build on that.
"As part of the Paralympic legacy we want to see increased opportunities for disabled people to get involved in sport and ensure we have the funding to support that ambition. This £8 million public fund will go towards disability sport projects up and down the country and provide essential equipment to get more disabled people participating."
For more information about the Choices 4 U project in South Gloucestershire visit www.southglos.gov.uk/choices4u
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