Disability sport in York is set to receive a welcome £9,933 award from Sport England for the ‘York Cycling for All’ project.
The money will be used to purchase 10 adapted bicycles which will open up opportunities for disabled people in York to try cycling for the first time.
The adapted bikes, used within the safe, car free environment of the cycle track, will ensure people with a range of disabilities can learn to cycle and progress to experience the city’s national cycle network.
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 City of York Council 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. £1million 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. 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.
The programme of led cycle rides can be found at www.york.gov.uk/cycling
The first session is on Saturday 8 March 1 – 3pm at the York Sports Village Cycle Track.
For further information about disability sport in York visit www.york.gov.uk/disabilitysport or telephone City of York Council’s Disability Sports Co-ordinators on 01904 553377.