Sense, the national disability charity, have received a grant of £212,431, from Sport England, who have extended funding to May 2019, for its ‘Sporting Sense’ project, to increase opportunities for people with complex disabilities, to take part in sport and physical activity.
Since the project was launched in June 2016, it has successfully helped over a thousand people to be actively involved in sports, and trained care workers, sport providers, carers and families, to support participation in activities.
Sense will use the investment to build on the programmes established in London, East and West Midlands, and expand these to the North of England. This will also include continued work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in partnership with Living Sport.
Sport England Director, Mike Diaper, said:
“Sport England work to help everyone, regardless of their age, background or level of ability, feel able to engage in sport and activity. Our research shows that disabled people are half as likely to be active, which is not right, especially as many disabled people have told us they want to be. ‘Sporting Sense’ has already helped over a thousand people with complex disabilities to get active by breaking down barriers which can prevent people from taking part, such as a lack of opportunity, support or confidence. Sport England are delighted to be able to award ‘Sporting Sense’ further funding to build on that work.”
Sense’s National Sport Manager, Alissa Ayling, said:
“We believe everyone, no matter how complex their communication needs, deserves the right to enjoy a physically active life. The ‘Sporting Sense’ project has created and developed opportunities for disabled people to participate in, and enjoy, a broad range of sporting and physical activities. This grant from Sport England will provide accessible and inclusive opportunities to individuals, in local areas where this has not yet been possible.”