The money will be used to purchase safety and training equipment which will open up opportunities for disabled people in Weymouth and Portland to start sailing.
Hugh de Iongh, Chair of Chesil Sailability, says: ‘This is a fantastic show of support from Sport England for disability sailing, and will enable us to purchase essential equipment to keep us safe on the water and help us train and develop our sailors so they can reach their potential on and off the water.’
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 Chesil Sailability 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. As a 2012 legacy project, based at the 2012 Paralympic sailing venue, this award is helping our legacy continue.
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 continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.
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