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Children's Minister announces £300,000 grant to help more young disabled people play sport

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Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has announced a new £300,000 cash injection from the Department for Education (DfE) for a programme designed to increase opportunities for young disabled people to get involved in physical education and sport.

The programme called Project Ability has proved hugely successful in terms of increasing the participation levels disabled children in sport and the new £300,000 grant means that the project will be extended for a further year.

Project Ability, which is run by the Youth Sport Trust, helps to increase the expertise of the teachers and professionals around them that are working with disabled children in sport by funding 49 regional school hubs.

The grant, which has been extended at the same level as last year, will be distributed through the Youth Sport Trust to build on the work already carried out through Project Ability schools.

The announcement comes after the recent launch of Moving More, Living More which is a Cross-Government strategy designed to increase physical activity participation in order to help provide an Olympic and Paralympic legacy for the nation.

"I’ve seen for myself some of the excellent work that’s been done through the Project Ability grant and I’m delighted to announce its extension for a further year,” said the Children’s Minister.

"Sport should be open and accessible to everyone - it not only increases physical activity levels but can raise confidence and aspirations and make a real difference to the lives of young people.

"I’m proud of this Government’s continued work to secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and I’m determined to ensure all children have the chance to play sport and keep fit at school.

Last year, Project Ability facilitated the staging of 100 events for 1,652 members of the school workforce in order to improve their inclusive practice and knowledge to engage young disabled people in PE and school sport.

The project also helped over 60 primary and secondary schools connect with national disability sport organisations to support young disabled people, parents and carers while it facilitated inspirational mentoring visits from Olympic and Paralympic role models to over 1,250 young disabled people.

"This additional funding is excellent news,” said Youth Sport Trust Managing Director Ali Oliver. 

"It will allow us to continue our work with schools to ensure all young people have the best possible opportunities to take part in high quality PE and sport and a range of sports leadership roles."

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