Sport England today announced how £1 million of National Lottery investment will fund a training programme to ensure the inclusion of disabled people at tens of thousands of community sports clubs.
The free training will benefit more than 10,000 coaches, leaders, assistants and parents, helping them develop the skills and confidence to include disabled people in sporting activity.
It extended into community clubs the high quality support for teachers through the Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All scheme, creating a seamless approach for disabled people in school and community sport.
Sainsbury’s and Sport England are also working together to encourage thousands of clubs where disabled people play sport to join the successful Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme.
Signing up means the clubs can benefit from collecting & redeeming vouchers in return for equipment and experiences that help its customers and the community to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.
Paralympic Gold Medallist Hannah Cockroft and Culture Secretary Maria Miller today joined Sport England CEO Jennie Price and Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King at a launch event in London.
She said: “Coaches play a big role in people’s sporting experience so it’s important they receive the training that gives them skills to include disabled people in sport and help them get the most out of it.
“This could make the difference in disabled people making sport a part of their everyday lives or not playing sport at all. Without the fantastic coaching I received I would not be the athlete I am now.”
“This is exactly the kind of legacy we want to see from the 2012 Paralympic Games,” said Maria Miller.
“The Paralympics made the UK think about disability differently and I hope that it is the first of many public / private partnerships aimed at developing disability sport at the grassroots. I am determined that disabled people of all ages get the chance to play sport, both at school and in community sport clubs.”
The courses will be run by the English Federation of Disability Sport, and sports coach UK whose chief executives, Barry Horne and Tony Byrne were also at Talacre Community Sports Centre.
“Paralympic athletes such as Hannah Cockroft have changed sport in this country for good, said Jennie Price. “As we work to ensure that sport is a practical lifestyle choice for disabled people, we need to equip all those involved in community sport with the skills to include everyone.
“We’re delighted to be working to make sport more inclusive in partnership with Sainsbury’s who deserve huge credit for the commitment they have shown to sport over many years.”