New char­ity to form to sup­port dis­abled ath­letes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Westminster Life -

Anewchar­i­ty­to­helpdis­abled peo­ple get in­volved in sport in the city is be­ing cre­ated.

The idea for the char­ity, called In­spire Peter­bor­ough, came from the success of the Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympics, and will aim to work with dis­abled­peo­pleacrossPeter­bor­ough.

Anup­da­teon­the­p­rogress of the char­ity was heard at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s Cre­at­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Tack­ling In­equal­ity Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee.

Julie Rivett, pro­gramme leader for In­spire Peter­bor­ough, said: “We want to use the power of the games to in­spire Peter­bor­ough.

“The idea is to pro­vide greater ac­cess to sport for dis­abled peo­ple.

“There­has­beenadis­abil­ity sports fo­rum­setup, andwe are work­ing­with­sportsclubs and­v­enuesto raise par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We also want to in­crease the op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple, both­able­bod­iedand­dis­abled, to get in­volved in sports vol­un­teer­ing.

“We are work­ing with schools to get young peo­ple in­volved, as well as the armed forces, with peo­ple who may have been in­jured while on ser­vice.

“What really makes this dif­fer­ent is the com­mu­nity as­pect. It will be for ev­ery­one from peo­ple just get­ting in­volved in sport, to the elite ath­letes we have in Peter­bor­ough.”

Coun­cil­lor Irene Walsh, who is in­volved in set­ting the char­ity up, said: “This is not mod­elled on any­thing else.

“We hope that it will be used as a pi­lot scheme wlse­where in the coun­try.

“There is a large Lot­tery fund which is avail­able for legacy projects which we are ap­ply­ing for, and we have a lot of sup­port from across the city.”

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