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Access Sport launched its Disability Legacy Project in September 2011, as part of its wider Legacy Programme which is helping to ensure that there is a lasting positive effect from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the project after two years is to have equipped five mainstream sports clubs with the skills and resources to be inclusive of more disabled young people.
The Disability Legacy Project at Access Sport is part-funded by the Peter Harrison Foundation with the goal of increasing the access to sport that young disabled people have in the five host boroughs of the Olympics (Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Waltham Forest), and in particular helping to use the medium of sport to encourage the personal development of the young people at the clubs.
As part of the project we have selected five clubs as partners and work with their leaders to develop the clubs over two years, focusing thoughts on our three key pillars of growth, sustainability and youth development. We offer:
The main reason we are running this project is to get more disabled people into sport so that they can realise the benefits that participation brings at an early age, and hope that this participation becomes a habit that is continued in later life. East London has a much lower rate of disabled people participating in sport and active recreation (8.8%) compared to non-disabled people (20%). Disabled people in East London are also less likely to have received tuition or coaching in sport (11.2%) compared to non-disabled people in East London (16.4%) and less likely than disabled people in other parts of London (13.5%). This project will attempt to combat both of these statistics by targeted promotion of the sporting opportunities that we will provide and also training coaches so that they can confidently and competently deliver sessions to those of all abilities.
We have targeted deprived areas of the five host boroughs for this project to coincide with our ethos of improving the life prospects of young people in disadvantaged areas. Research from Warwick University in 2010 found that the highest prevalence of childhood disability was found in the poorest areas of the UK. It is these areas that will benefit the most from community sports clubs delivering our project.
For further information on the project please contact Patrick Hopkins on 0207 993 9883 or email@example.com