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Cash from City Bridge Trust saves disability sports clubs from closing

PUBLISHED: 15:03 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 26 September 2017

New funds mean Disability Sports Coach charity can keep its east London clubs running. Picture: Justin Thomas

New funds mean Disability Sports Coach charity can keep its east London clubs running. Picture: Justin Thomas

© 2017 Justin Thomas

A charity giving sports opportunities for the disabled has landed a cash windfall to save five of its community clubs in London from closing.

Disability Sports Coach charity helping disabled close gap with its community sports clubs. Picture: Justin ThomasDisability Sports Coach charity helping disabled close gap with its community sports clubs. Picture: Justin Thomas

A grant of almost £140,000 to keep the clubs running has been given to Disability Sports Coach by the Corporation of London’s City Bridge Trust.

The money means the charity’s clubs operating in leisure centres in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth and Hillingdon can keep going.

“We aim to continue the work that our clubs are providing,” the charity’s chief executive Peter Ackred assured.

“Disabled people are still half as likely to take part in sport compared to non-disabled, but this cash means we’re able to create more opportunities to close that gap.”

The charity runs 11 disability clubs and training in sports such as sitting volleyball and goalball.

It has helped 650 disabled people and 10,000 through its outreach programme since 2013—but was running desperately short of cash.

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