York Scores Funding for Inclusive Sports in City
3:13pm 4th December 2012
A successful bid by City of York Council has secured £252,705 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund to increase provision of sport for disabled people in York.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “This funding for a three-year programme is wonderful news for City of York Council in the year of York Gold and the Olympic and Paralympic flames visiting York. It will enable us to build our sporting legacy by further developing the excellent work in sport and physical activity happening with groups in the city. Sport and exercise programmes will be expanded for those residents with a medical condition and for those with a physical, sensory and/or learning disability.
“We would encourage anyone who thinks they would benefit from being involved, or anyone who would like further information about this, to get in touch with us today.”
City of York council say the Sport England funding is being added to by the Council partnership funding of £183,000 and will extend the HEAL programme to:
• work with people with mental health conditions, alcohol and drug addiction, cancer rehabilitation, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and others, and will also include additional capacity to recruit to the existing programmes
• fund casual staff to run activities for adults with learning disabilities, following consultation by people supported by the Valuing People Partnership Board last year
• support the development and creation of new community disability sports clubs alongside the council’s work with Goalball, football, boccia and new work with cricket and tennis for visually impaired people and wheelchair basketball
• training and support for community clubs to become fully inclusive and accessible to accommodate people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and those with long term medical conditions.
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