Friday, 12 February 2016

Disability sport gets £100,000 boost

Disability sport in Wigan Borough is set to benefit from a boost of nearly £100,000.

The Spirit of 2012 funding will be used to develop three hubs offering a range of activities, and to train staff and volunteers to support sessions.

The money has been allocated following a successful consortium bid led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. Wigan Borough is one of only 10 local authority areas in the country to receive the funding.

Cllr Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is excellent news that will make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities, as well as introducing new activities to the wider community."

“We want to provide inclusive activities to encourage all residents to become more active and healthy as part of The Deal, and these hubs will welcome everyone, offering an opportunity for people to make new friends, try new sports and improve their wellbeing.”

The hubs will be developed at Howe Bridge Leisure Centre, Hindley Leisure Centre and Wigan Youth Zone.

Leisure partner Inspiring healthy lifestyles will offer a variety of activities including dance, boxing and yoga, plus bespoke sessions on climbing walls, the skate park and soft play area at Howe Bridge.

Working with GreaterSport, County Sports Partnership for Greater Manchester, a pilot scheme being carried out at Hindley Leisure Centre has already proven a success. This pilot has been delivered since October 2015 and has already engaged 10 new families in inclusive family activities.

Yvonne Harrison, CEO of GreaterSport said: “Following a round of consultation with disabled people to understand their needs better, we have worked closely with local partners, including Wigan, to ensure our contribution to the EFDS UK Get Out and Get Active bid was strong.  This level of local insight really helped the Greater Manchester contribution to stand out and I am delighted to hear the application was a success.

“The pilot in Wigan is already proving successful and GreaterSport are looking forward to working with Wigan to use The Spirit of 2012 funding, to help change the lives of people through sport and physical activity.”

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