Bolsover District Council has received a £92,000 boost to help develop sports for young people with Special Educational Needs.
The funding will be used for the Council’s Be Inspired – Be Part of the Team programme and will look to build upon the legacy of last years’ Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The programme will focus on young people with SEN and create opportunities for them to participate in sporting activities, develop teams and competitions and encourage the transition into community sport.
Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Eion Watts said, “Disabled people often come across barriers in terms of playing sport, so we want to remove these, empower and involve them from the outset and personalise the support they receive.
“By understanding what they want, we can then develop a programme of sport that they want to play with a view to establishing a life-time participation in sport and carrying on the legacy of the Paralympic Games.”
The Council is among 32 projects to receive a share of £5.1 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund, to support grassroots sport activity across the country and build a lasting legacy from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Community Sport Activation Fund builds on previous funding campaigns, which have shown that the key to success is finding out what people want from sport – and what ‘s stopping them from getting involved – before designing an offer that’s appealing, accessible and secures their long-term involvement.
Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level. By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”
Local government, voluntary and third sector groups and organisation are among those receiving funding and alongside Sport England’s investments, all of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years.
The Community Sport Activation Fund will invest a total of £40 million of funding over five funding rounds. The second round of funding is now open and closes on 1 July 2013. Community groups, charities and councils are among those that can bid for funding for up to three years, with grants between £50,000 and £250,000 available for a wide range of projects.