Disabled people in the county are set for more sporting opportunities after a £127,000 boost from Active Northumberland.
The grant is one of 44 projects across England that will benefit from £8million of National Lottery investment from Sport England.
Activities will be developed and delivered by qualified staff who understand the needs of different impairments, attitudes, interests, ages and abilities as they go to expand the successful Ability 2 Play programmes.
Northumberland county coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community, infrastructure and culture, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from the Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.
“It means a great deal as it provides invaluable funding to help us extend the opportunities for disabled people in Northumberland to participate in sport.”
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell said: “This investment by Sport England into Active Northumberland is fantastic news. I am delighted that the funding will enable the successful Ability 2 Play project to expand and be able to now accommodate disabled adults.”
Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe said “We are delighted to be able to help Active Northumberland provide more opportunities for disabled people to give sport a go. Record numbers of disabled people now play sport and it thanks to organisations like this that we can continue to improve opportunities and make a real difference in the communities.”
The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is increasing. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week.
However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport, which is why Sport England prefers to add investment to address this imbalance.
Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund supports programmes that aim to increase the amount of disabled people. Since the fund launched, £17.1 million has been invested in 88 projects that make sport a viable lifestyle choice for disabled people.
For more information on the Ability 2 Play programme contact Ronnie Scheu, 01670 622181.