£260,000 investment to secure local sports

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THE sporting highs of London 2012’s Olympic and Paralympic games will leave a lasting legacy in Sheffield – after the city scooped more than a quarter of a million in sports funding.

Sheffield Council has secured £260,000 of National Lottery investment to provide accessible sporting opportunities for disabled people.

The three-year deal will see specialist disability programmes in basketball, bocia, ice skating, swimming and trampolining introduced in the area.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “This is great news, particularly for the city’s 83,000 disabled residents.

“The ‘Inclusive Sport Sheffield’ project will enable us to support disabled people across the city and encourage their involvement in sports.”

A recent survey revealed that as many as 75 per cent of disabled people in Sheffield do not get any physical activity.

The new project - involving Activity Sheffield, Sheffield International Venues (SIV) and the Within Reach charity - will deliver a needs-led community programme of sport, delivered in SIV facilities, schools, churches and community centres.

“This will carry forward the work we have been doing with the aim of improving opportunities locally,” said Mike Elliott, chair of Within Reach.

Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson told The Star that this funding could break down barriers in participation. She said: “This funding will go a long way to helping those inspired by the outstanding performances of our Paralympians to get out and try sport for themselves.”