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Bradford disabled sport group gets a £153,000 boost
An organisation that supports young disabled people in Bradford is set to expand its work after securing a slice of Big Lottery Fund cash.
Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) has been awarded £151,393 to provide sporting opportunities to young disabled people who are leaving school and beginning adulthood.
He said: “They are existing clubs, so the money will be used to build on them and get more disabled young people playing sport.”
“It is really important because, in the last year, we had the Paralympic Games in London and the Special Olympic Games in Bath, which have really inspired disabled people to get involved in sport.
“This money means we can afford disabled people the opportunity and pathway to play sport and hopefully to represent their county in competitions.”
The grant comes from the Reaching Communities programme which helps those most in need and aims to build stronger communities. The £4 million was split between 12 projects.
BDSL gives disabled youngsters the chance to try out and develop skills in sports such as football, athletics, rugby, tennis, basketball and cricket.
“We had a four-year grant to fund sports academies which finished in April,” said Mr Carroll. “We decided the project was still needed, so I put in another application and thankfully it was successful.”
Yesterday, BDSL took youngsters from Southfield Grange school to Bradford’s twin town of Hamm, in Germany, to take part in a sports competition. Pupils from the Alfred-Delp school in Hamm visited Bradford in May.
Caroline James, Big Lottery Fund regional spokesman, said: “More than £4 million will make a big difference to organisations across the region who work incredibly hard to support vulnerable people and families.
“These projects will mean people feel much less isolated and more confident in their communities.”
Bradford athletes enjoyed their biggest-ever medals haul at a national games when competing at the Special Olympic Games in Bath.
In total, the 27 athletes won 32 medals – seven gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze.
One of the other projects to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund cash was the Pay and Employment Rights Service (Yorkshire), which provides employment support for people with disabilities in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The service got a £449,552 grant.