Boost for Disability Sport in Cornwall!
Disability sport in Cornwall is set to receive a welcome boost after Cornwall Cougars wheelchair Basketball Club has received a £10,000 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.
The money will be used to purchase New sports wheelchairs which will open up opportunities for disabled people in Camborne / Truro area to try Wheelchair Basketball for the first time.
Andy Care, Secretary to the Cougars said:` Receiving this funding is fantastic news as a newly formed club we are in need of new equipment in the shape of chairs as they are the most essential peace of equipment for the sport, but the problem with that is the cost of them.
But now with this funding we are able to start up an after school club at the "Camborne Science International Academy" for young people From ages Eleven upwards to learn the game and bring them on to the seniors training sessions and play in the National Leagues as they develop their skills and ability, a big thank you to Hannah Colstan from Sported and Steve Hillman of Cornwall Sports Partnership for the help and guidance In securing this funding'.
Cornwall Sports Partnerships Inclusion Officer, Steve Hillman said: 'this is great for Cornwall, when we first had the idea of a club we didn't know what the uptake would be like, the club now has a full committee, is registered to the NGB, plays in the National Development League and regularly has more than a dozen members on training nights. The support from Sported is invaluable, the funding from both Sported and Sport England will go a long way to ensure that the club continues to be sustainable and able to provide a club for life for the people of Cornwall'.
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 Cornwall Cougars 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.
If you require any further information on the above or Disability Sport in Cornwall please contact Steve Hillman, Sport Inclusion Officer on:
T: 07837 311 539