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‘Get Out & Get Active’ funding boost

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Cash boost: Activities for disabled young people in Pembrokeshire are set gain

ACTIVITIES for disabled young people in Pembrokeshire are set to receive a boost.

A new initiative called ‘Get Out & Get Active’ has been announced by the charity ‘Spirit of 2012’, which was set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward

the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Spirit of 2012 has awarded £4.5 million to Get Out & Get Active to the UK as a whole. In Wales, the project will be run by Disability Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council.

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.

Ben Field, Sports Development Manager for Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “The project in Pembrokeshire will focus on encouraging more disabled young people to take part in activities which will lead to improved health and well-being.

“It will provide physical activities that reflect the rural and coastal landscape of the country, significantly providing insight and learning into these activities for disabled young people.”

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The focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity, so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy recreational activity together.

In making this significant investment in Get Out & Get Active, Spirit of 2012 is particularly interested in understanding what works best to get those who are least active into activity, and how to keep them active. It is those people that Get Out & Get Active will be specifically trying to reach.

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