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Sports: Disability

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th March 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to develop opportunities to participate in sport for disabled people.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We recognise the importance of helping disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity. Our sport and physical activity strategy, 'Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation', published in December 2015, emphasises the importance of getting people active, particularly those groups currently under-represented, including disabled people.

Since 2012 Sport England has made disability sport a key part of its strategy and has delivered disability-focussed investment programmes. This has included the Inclusive Sport fund, which invested £19.2 million of National Lottery Funding in 87 projects to get more disabled people playing sport. In addition the Take-up programme, a £3 million investment programme that has been running since 2013 - 7 projects have received investment through this fund, a key focus of which has been to develop new partnerships to increase the number of disabled people being physically active.

Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ also places a clear emphasis on targeting those who are hardest to reach, including disabled people, and as such they are ensuring that each of their investment programmes impacts directly on disabled people. As an example, the recently announced Active Ageing funding, part of the Tackling Inactivity programme, includes investment into projects that will target disabled people and people with long term illnesses. Sport England is also currently in discussions with National Disability Sports Organisations about the role they can play to support the delivery of ’Sporting Future’.

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