Today, the Department for Education has announced £300,000 of additional funding for Project Ability, a programme designed to increase opportunities for young disabled people, to be extended for a further year.
The scheme, which is run by the Youth Sport Trust, aims to increase the participation levels of young disabled people in sport and to enhance the expertise of the teachers and professionals around them by funding 49 regional school hubs.
Project Ability schools are selected for their expertise in engaging with young disabled people, and support special and mainstream schools in their area to improve and extend their provision for young disabled pupils to take part in sport.
Key achievements of the Project Ability programme over the last year include: staging 100 events for 1,652 members of the school workforce to improve their inclusive practice and knowledge to engage young disabled people in PE and school sport. Elsewhere, more than 60 primary and secondary schools have connected with National Disability Sport Organisations to support young disabled people, parents and carers; and there have been a number of inspirational mentoring visits from Olympic and Paralympic role models to more than 1,250 young disabled people.
Commenting on the extended funding Ali Oliver, Managing Director at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
"This additional funding is excellent news and will allow us to continue our work with schools to ensure all young people have the best possible opportunities to take part in high quality PE and sport and a range of sports leadership roles."
Children's Minister Edward Timpson said:
"I've seen for myself some of the excellent work that's been done through the Project Ability grant and I'm delighted to announce its extension for a further year. Sport should be open and accessible to everyone - it not only increases physical activity levels but can raise confidence and aspirations and make a real difference to the lives of young people."