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  • 19 December 2013 00:00
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Disability sport proves the key focus for Birmingham CSP

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Disabled people are being given more opportunities to get into sport in Birmingham thanks to Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership (BSPAP), who are on a mission to drive sports participation for all. 

BSPAP is part of the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN), which is the body responsible for delivering national sports policy at a local level and contributing to the overall health of the nation.

In the last year, BAPAP have made it one of their top priorities to encourage more disabled people to take up sport within the city through a variety of exciting initiatives. 

Back in October, the CSP launched its first ever Birmingham Disability Sports Fest - a week-long festival staged by the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum in conjunction with BSPAP.

The aim of the week-long festival, which was endorsed by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), was to raise awareness of the array of inclusive sports opportunities on offer across Birmingham.

More than 25 different inclusive sports were showcased at 22 venues across the city, engaging 137 new participants – inviting people to try sports they had never tried before.

Disability swimming star Claire Cashmore, who won two silver medals and a bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics, served as an official ambassador for the Birmingham Disability Sports Fest and said it was a privilege to be involved in such a proactive campaign.

"I have been involved in disability sport since I was a young girl and I developed my own sporting career in the West Midlands, encountering wonderful support and encouragement along the way,” said Cashmore.

"It is a great honour to be able to give something back.

"Taking part in sport developed my confidence during my self-conscious teenage years and shaped me into the person I am today.”

The Birmingham Disability Sports Fest has not been created to focus solely on finding the next Paralympic star, but to ensure every single person with a disability has the option to participate in a range of sports.

The BSPAP Interim Senior Manager and Club Development Amy Bird highlighted the importance of getting disabled people in the area involved in sport.  

"At present there are more than 197, 000 people in Birmingham with a disability yet sadly, the West Midlands has one of the lowest levels of participation for both disabled and non-disabled people compared to the national average,” explained Bird.

"Through the launch of our Birmingham Disability Sports Fest we are proactively tackling this issue and aim to increase sports participation amongst disabled people dramatically, within the city.”

To find out more about the Birmingham Disability Sports Fest 2013, Click Here 
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