Boost for disability cricket in London
Disability sport in London is set to receive a welcome boost after the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, received a £7,120 award from Sport England to purchase new cricket equipment.
The funds will be used to purchase cricket equipment which will create opportunities for disabled people in Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark to try cricket for the first time.
Director of Charitable Programmes at the Lord’s Taverners, Nicky Pemberton, said: “Thanks to this funding support we can help enrich the lives of young people with severe disabilities in London by giving them the chance to play and enjoy cricket for the first time.”
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 the Lord’s Taverners 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 continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.