Disability sports clubs in London can get slice of £8million

Wheelchair basketball at Frenford Sports Centre

Wheelchair basketball at Frenford Sports Centre - Credit: Archant

Disability sports groups can get a boost by applying for a share of £8million National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The money pot has been set aside to tackle the opportunity gap that sees disabled people only half as likely to play sport on a weekly basis compared to able-bodied people.

Three projects in London have already benefitted from funding including Motivate East, a mutli-sports participation programme across East London.

And £1m of the £8m total is being invested through Get Equipped, a new disability equipment fund that will allow clubs to apply for up to £10,0000 to purchase sports equipment designed to support disabled people.

Sport England director of insight, Lisa O’Keefe, said: “Last summer’s Paralympic Games sent a very clear message about disability sport. We need to build upon this and make sure the opportunities and the equipment are there for those disabled people who want to take part in sport.”

Applications for funding opened on Monday and close on December 2 at 5pm. Visit sportengland.org.