Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million to help people get active

The Youth Sport Trust has welcomed the latest awards from Spirit of 2012 to help people 'Get Out & Get Active' across the UK.

The Youth Sport Trust has welcomed the latest awards from Spirit of 2012 to help people 'Get Out & Get Active' across the UK.

Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport.

The initiative called Get Out & Get Active, aims to increase participation in fun and inclusive physical activity so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy recreational activity together. Volunteers supporting people into active lifestyles will also be at the heart of Get Out & Get Active.

The funding will not focus on providing new activities, but aims to increase demand for, and the accessibility of, existing provision in local authorities, sports clubs and the voluntary sector.

Youth Sport Trust, Development Director, Lisa McHendry, said: "The Youth Sport Trust has been working closely with Spirit of 2012 since its early days through our Inclusive Futures programme, a leadership and volunteering initiative for young people with a special emphasis on inclusion.

"The Youth Sport Trust welcomes Get Out & Get Activeand we will aim to support the programme in reaching young people and their families."

Spirit of 2012, Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, said: "This initiative can help all of us who are concerned about health and wellbeing to learn lessons that will support delivery of the Government's new strategy for an active nation. We want to ensure that being active is appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive for people of all abilities."

EFDS Chief Executive, Barry Horne, said: "We vbelieve this programme has the potential to change how people can be encouraged and enabled to become more active in the opportunities which are on their doorstep but for so long have seemed out of reach. EFDS has learnt so much through our research with disabled people about new approaches to engage many more people into active recreation, and over the next four years our local and national partners will put that thinking into practice right across the UK."

For more information please visit the Spirit of 2012 website.

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