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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: EFDS invests £1.5m into disabled sport

The English Federation for Disability Sport (EFDS) will invest £1.5million into increasing participation in sports by disabled people.

Following the success of the Games there has been talk about how best to build a lasting legacy and this pledge comes as part of the Government’s ten-point plan for securing long term benefits from the Games.

The plan includes £125m per year additional funding for elite sport over the next four years and a £300m investment to turn the Olympic site into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening it up to the community. The EFDS portion of the plan demonstrates a desire to achieve a lasting legacy from the Paralympic, as well the Olympic Games.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, an umbrella organisation for sports bodies, welcomed the ten-point plan which it described as “transparent and clear”. However it also said “structured targets” were needed to measure the achievements from the different programmes.

Andy Reed, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “Many of the projects set out in the plan will rely on the support of community sports clubs and they, in turn, rely on volunteers to survive.

“Sports clubs face a range of challenges to their survival and many are struggling to make ends meet. We need to do more to support them to avoid the risk of damaging the infrastructure which will provide this legacy.”

As well as this investment, EFDS has helped develop Sainsbury’s “Active Kids for All” project which provides teachers with the skills and confidence to teach and include disabled children in activity.

In other news, the UK travel industry is still not providing enough information about disabled access and facilities, according to 86 percent of respondents to a new survey by Adapted Vehicle Hire and Tourism for All UK.

I-drive is the new information portal for disabled drivers from Adapted Vehicle Hire. For more on Adapted Vehicle Hire and the services it offers, visit the homepage.