Biggest boost for disabled sport in Norfolk in a decade

Active Norfolk has got nearly £335,000 of Sport England funding to increase opportunities for more t

Active Norfolk has got nearly £335,000 of Sport England funding to increase opportunities for more than 1,500 disabled adults to be active, and to develop physical activity research. Pic: Active Norfolk. - Credit: Active Norfolk

Disabled sport in Norfolk has been handed its biggest cash boost in a decade, after successful bids for almost £335,000 of money from Sport England.

The cash will help more than 1,500 disabled adults to get active and pay for research into older people's activity levels as they enter retirement.

Active Norfolk applied for two lots of funding from the Core Markets fund, a funding pot that supports projects across England to keep people active after major life changes or transitions, such as leaving school, changing jobs, having a baby, or retiring.

The largest award will bring almost £290,000 in funding over four years for adult disability sport, which bosses at Active Norfolk said was the most significant level of disability sport funding for the county in the last 10 years.

Ellen Vanlint, disability project officer at Active Norfolk, said: 'This award is a highly significant level of investment into disability sport.

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'It will have a real impact on local sporting opportunities and the awareness of their locations, whilst supporting some of the adult care providers in Norfolk to offer more active opportunities.

'We have a strong cross sector working partnership that already exists and we believe we can use this to really drive delivery towards a sustainable outcome at the end of the four years.'

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The funding for the 'On the Move' project will help young disabled people that are leaving education and entering adult life to have a greater number of quality opportunities to be active, with more than 1,500 disabled people in Norfolk estimated to benefit,

The second award for PARTS (Physical Activity in Retirement Transitions), sees another £45,000 investment for one year to develop new research into older people's physical activity levels as they enter retirement.

Stephen Hulme, physical activity development manager at Active Norfolk, said: 'Retirement is becoming a more fluid and harder to define transition in people's lives.

'Working in partnership with the University of East Anglia, the PARTs study will help us to grow our understanding of what is happening to people's activity levels at this stage of life, and to develop opportunities to ensure they are able to remain or become physically active into later life.'

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