Funding boost to extend sport opportunities for disabled students

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Funding worth £300,000 has been allocated in a bid to increase “opportunities and aspirations” for young disabled people when it comes to PE and sport.

The money is to help extend the Project Ability initiative for a further year and has been unveiled by children’s minister Edward Timpson.

One of the main aims will be to increase the participation levels of young disabled people in sport.

The funding will also support the professional development of teachers and school staff by funding 49 regional school hubs.

Over the last year, Project Ability has staged 100 events for more than 1,600 school staff aimed at improving their inclusive practice and knowledge.

The project has also facilitated connections between national disability sport organisations and more than 60 primary and secondary schools, and has arranged visits by Olympic and Paralympic athletes to more than 1,250 young disabled people.

Project Ability is delivered as part of the national School Games, and includes bespoke training to provide local advice and guidance to School Games organisers and host schools, the establishment and implementation of local competitive opportunities for young disabled people, and the development of school club activities. 

The grant is distributed through the Youth Sport Trust, which has already established a network of 50 lead Project Ability schools to drive the work.

Mr Timpson said: “I’ve seen for myself some of the excellent work that’s been done through the Project Ability grant and I’m delighted to announce its extension for a further year. 

“Sport should be open and accessible to everyone – it not only increases physical activity levels but can raise confidence and aspirations and make a real difference to the lives of young people.”

The two announcements come after the government published Moving More, Living More, which details its plans to increase participation in physical activity. To read this, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-more-living-more-olympic-and-paralympic-games-legacy

For more on Project Ability, visit www.youthsporttrust.org/how-we-can-help/programmes/project-ability.aspx

 


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