Disability sport in Tile Hill is set to receive a welcome boost after Hereward College has received an £8226 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.
The money will be used to purchase six table tennis tables and eight specially equipped table tennis wheelchairs, which will open up opportunities for disabled people in the local area to try Table Tennis for the first time.
Mike Shaw the Vice Principal for Quality and Curriculum at Hereward College said:
“When we heard that we had won the Sports England grant we were all very delighted. This money will allow the College to extend its facilities and give students new sporting opportunities, which will help them forge a future in sports, and also get the local community involved.”
Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, says:
“We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment. We are delighted to award these vital funds to Hereward College which will play a transformative role in opening up sport to many people who previously found it inaccessible.”
The award is part of Sport England’s ‘Get Equipped’ fund which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. £1 million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to provide specialist equipment, which will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.
The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December, Sport England’s Active People Survey – an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. The number of disabled people aged 16 and over playing sport once a week has increased by 62,000 over the last year, bringing the total number to its highest recorded figure of 1.67 million, 351,000 more than in 2005 when London won the bid to host the Games.
However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent) which is why Sport England and Hereward College continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.