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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Paralympic Games ‘legacy’ with Sainsbury’s sport investment

Sainsbury’s has today (14 September) announced it will invest £1 million over four years to get more disabled children in school playing sport.

The Games legacy project, titled “Active Kids For All”, is a continuation of the supermarket giant’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It will be an Inclusive PE Training Programme that provides teachers with the skills and confidence to teach and include disabled children in activity, PE lessons and sport.

With about 80 percent of all disabled children being pupils at mainstream schools, Sainsbury’s says the training courses will allow more than 500,000 disabled children to lead more active lifestyles.

The funding will be matched by Sport England which, alongside the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), Youth Sport Trust (YST) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA), has helped to develop the project and will deliver it in schools and the wider community.

BPA Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth, said: “We are hoping to inspire a generation, not just about disability sport, but about what it’s possible for people to achieve.

“Our inspirational athletes have sprinkled their stardust on that ambition, and our task is to use that as we move on from the Games in a world of widened perceptions.”

Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, says: “The 2012 Paralympic Games have been first and foremost an incredible sporting event. People will be talking about the achievements of David Weir and Jonnie Peacock for a long, long time.

“The legacy of the Games should be a Britain where we focus on what disabled people can – rather than can’t – do and where we have the support in place so that disabled people can achieve their aspirations – whether that’s taking part in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio or simply being able to go to the pub with friends to watch the Games.

An impressive closing ceremony marked the end of the London 2012 Paralympics last Sunday (9 September), as thousands gathered in the Olympic Park to celebrate the achievements of the world’s best disabled athletes.

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