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Disability Sport Wales have joined forces with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to encourage more disabled people across North Wales to become more physically active and to play more sport.
The partnership will see health and sport professionals work together in a bid to double the number of disabled people who are physically active in North Wales by the end of 2016.
It is also hoped that the new initiative will allow the discovery of around five talented disabled athletes who have the potential to represent Wales at future major sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games.
The project is the first of its kind in Wales and will be funded through a Sport Wales Calls4Action grant.
"There are a wide range of physical activity and sport opportunities for disabled people across North Wales already,” said Health Disability Sport Officer for the Health Board Catherine Chin.
"Whether an individual has a physical, intellectual, or sensory impairment, there is something for everybody.”
"Through Disability Sport Wales’ insport project the number of inclusive opportunities are continuing to grow”.
It is hoped that through educating health workers about physical activity opportunities disabled people in the area will have improved and healthier lifestyle as they reap the benefits of becoming more active.
Health care professionals at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are already receiving training to enable them to signpost their patients so they can get the right support to get active.
The new project has been backed by Paralympic discuss gold medalist Aled Davies, who captained Team Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"It’s great to see Disability Sport Wales working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to promote physical activity and sport to patients with impairments, or those who have newly acquired disabilities,” said Davies.
"By up-skilling their workforce this will ensure that any patient within the Health Board will be identified and given appropriate information in relation to getting active again.
"I urge everyone to get behind this campaign, and hopefully they will not only get every disabled person hooked on sport for life, they might find a few Paralympians as well!”
The Executive Group for this combined initiative will be chaired by Iain Mitchell, who is the Clinical Director of Therapy Services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
"Therapy Services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board firmly believe in the importance of the public health priorities in North Wales,” said Mitchell.
"Improving the wellbeing of our people by increasing access to sport and physical activity should be part of our core business.”
To find out more about the partnership, Click Here