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Sport England funding to boost disabled sport participation

Middlesex University has received £362,000 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

Middlesex University has received £362,000 of funding from Sport England's Inclusive Sport fund.

The money will provide many more opportunities for disabled people in north London and help them to participate in sport.

The University is one of 44 projects across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for disabled people to play sport.

Middlesex will work with sports clubs, schools and community groups to train new coaches to deliver inclusive opportunities across a variety of sports. The training for the coaches will also provide them with the skills needed to coach disabled participants.

The funding boost will help create new opportunities for disabled sport competition and increase sports participation by disabled people in north London.

Head of Sport & Recreation at Middlesex University, Mel Parker, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from the Sport England's Inclusive Sport Fund. We plan to use this funding to make a real difference for disabled sports participants and it will help us extend the opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults in the local area to get involved in sport."

Middlesex University has worked on the project with support from staff of London Sport North – the newly named County Sports Partnership in North London. Funding will set up 20 new Inclusive Sports clubs across North London over the next 3 years.

Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O'Keefe, said: "We are delighted to be able to help Middlesex University provide more opportunities for disabled people to give sport a go. Record numbers of disabled people now play sport and it's thanks to clubs like this that we can continue to improve opportunities and make a real difference in communities."

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