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Spirit of Sport Award

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Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million to help people to ‘Get Out & Get Active’ across the UK

Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. 

The initiative will be called Get Out &Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 

The focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity, so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy recreational activity together, and volunteers supporting people into active lifestyles will be at the heart of Get Out & Get Active. 

Dugald Mackie, Chair of Spirit of 2012 said: "There are few more important health issues facing the UK today than the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles, and as an Olympic and Paralympic inspired charity, I believe strongly that Spirit of 2012 should be at the forefront of finding imaginative ways of tackling it”. 

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) said: "I am absolutely delighted that our consortium has been chosen by Spirit of 2012 to oversee such a major investment into communities across the UK. The programme will deliver exciting new opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to "Get Out & Get Active”!
"We believe this programme has the potential to change how people can be encouraged and enabled to become more active in the opportunities which are on their doorstep but for so long have seemed out of reach. EFDS has learnt so much through our research with disabled people about new approaches to engage many more people into active recreation, and over the next four years our local and national partners will put that thinking into practice right across the UK.”

The funding will not focus on providing new activities, but aims to increase demand for, and the accessibility of, existing provision in local authorities, sports clubs and the voluntary sector.  

This award echoes the sentiments of the Sports Strategy released by the Government last month.

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