Boost for disability sport in Derbyshire Dales

Disability sport in the Derbyshire Dales is set to receive a welcome boost after The Derbyshire Dales Disability Sports Group supported by Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, Derbyshire Sport & Derbyshire Dales District Council has received an £7,935 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.

The money will be used to purchase new age kurling and seated volleyball equipment  which will open up opportunities for disabled people across the Dales to try these exciting new sports for the first time.

Speaking on behalf of the Disability Sports Group, Janice Price, Manager of Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership who helped with the bid proposal that secure the funding said “I am delighted to receive the award from Sport England. This enables us to plan future development of our existing school based disability clubs and creates an opportunity to work with partners such a Derbyshire Dales District Council to widen the scope of clubs for young disabled people to hopefully extend into communities with club programmes in local leisure centres.”

“Just last week, we sent pupils from Anthony Gell and Highfields Schools to a County Conference aimed at SEN students where they gained experience and learned skills to help them deliver inclusive sporting opportunities  back in their own schools. This all feeds into the amazing competition pathways we have in place in Derbyshire through the Inclusive School Games Programme”

Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, says: “We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment. We are delighted to award these vital funds to Derbyshire Dales Disability Sports Group which will play a transformative role in opening up sport to many people who previously found it inaccessible.”

The award is part of Sport England’s ‘Get Equipped’ fund which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. £1 million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to provide specialist equipment which will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December, 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. The number of disabled people aged 16 and over playing sport once a week has increased by 62,000 over the last year, bringing the total number to its highest recorded figure of 1.67 million, 351,000 more than in 2005 when London won the bid to host the Games.

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.

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Press Release
Date: 10 February 2014
For further information, please contact: Janice Price, Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership  07930358346

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