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I-drive Disability News Updates: More disabled people playing sport

The number of adults with an impairment or illness playing sport every week has increased from 1.32 million to 1.66 million, according to Sport England’s Active People Survey.

Sport activities in general have increased since London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, with Sport England releasing figures on Friday showing 15.28 million adults are now playing sport at least once a week, 1.3 million more than in 2005/6 when the bid was won.

The percentage of disabled adults playing sport every week has risen from 15 percent to 18 percent since the bid was won, which equates to an increase of more than 20 percent.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the national sports body for disabled people in England and a partner of Sport England. Its aim is to increase the participation of disabled people in sport and physical activity.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive, said: “EFDS welcomes the recent Active People Survey figures, which show a significant increase in participation for disabled people.

“Pleasingly, the priority sports we have been working with for the last year (football, swimming, tennis, cycling and athletics) have all shown growth.”

One of the key elements of the government’s plans for a lasting legacy from London 2012 was increasing disabled people’s participation in sport.

In other news, it is estimated one in five of the six million carers in the UK have been forced to give up work to care full time.

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