Sport England Award Celebration Event Press Release

Inspire Peterborough’s Sport England Award Celebration Event  at Ferry Meadows Thursday 4th September 2014

Inspire Peterborough is inviting people to join them in Ferry Meadows from 11.00am until 4.00pm on the Thursday 4th September to celebrate their successful Sport England Funding Award at an exciting day of free accessible and inclusive fun, games and sporting activities! This is a special event for people with disabilities or long term health conditions, their families and carers and has been planned to coincide with the first National Accessible Britain Challenge (ABC) day.

Iain Crighton, President of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Inspire Peterborough said:

“We were thrilled earlier this year to hear of Inspire’s successful bid to Sport England, bringing investment of over £277,000 to Peterborough. This event on the 4th September launches our 3 year programme. With this grant and support from partners across the city, we aim to make a significant and positive impact to disability sport and recreational activities available in the city. We will increase incrementally the numbers of people taking part in sport and leisure activities, and hopefully through their participation improve their mental, physical and social well-being”.

The event, supported by Nene Park Trust will be held in Ferry Meadows and all the activities will be centred around the new Lakeside Water Sports Centre. Disability sporting providers and groups across the city will be joining Inspire to ensure that this exciting event is a great success. Inspire will be showcasing accessible activities for people of all ages and abilities including hand-cycling, boccia, archery, abseiling, martial arts, bokwa, orienteering, guided tour around Sailability, cricket, boxing among others at the largest outdoor event of its type in Peterborough. There will also be a health and well-being market place and guided walks will take place throughout the day.

Amongst a number of sporting celebrities joining the fun on the day will be Lord Holmes of Richmond, MBE (Chris Holmes has won 9 gold as well as other medals as a Paralympic Swimming Champion). Lord Holmes, who was born in our city and is Patron of Inspire Peterborough said:

“This is a tremendous boost for the people of Peterborough, further enabling sporting opportunities across the city …. more people, regardless of disability, will have the chance to try out and play sport and experience all the benefits that will bring. It’s such a tangible example of the legacy flowing from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”


Notes to Editor

Inspire Peterborough is a project hosted by Disability Peterborough (formerly known as DIAL Peterborough). Inspire was launched in May 2013 by its founder and champion, Councillor Irene Walsh. Inspire is the coordinating hub of a city-wide partnership of disability sporting and activity providers. The Paralympic Games 2012 inspired individuals in Peterborough to come together to create new opportunities to enable people with disabilities, their families and carers to access sporting and other activities. Local innovations, firmly grounded in the views and wishes of disabled people, resulted in Inspire’s application for funding to Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. The award from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund was announced in April 2014. It is a three year funding award. The funded activities include cricket, hand cycling, archery and swimming delivered for Inspire by its partners Vivacity, Peterborough Phab Club, Peterborough Special Olympics Swimming Group and Huntingdonshire Cricket Board.

A new pilot scheme will be delivered on behalf of Inspire by Sports Champions based at the YMCA Gym at Bretton. This scheme will offer individuals with disabilities or long term health conditions, referred through primary care and other routes, a free personal trainer to advise on health lifestyle, a fitness assessment, personalised support in the Gym followed by taster sessions at various disability sporting activities. The YMCA’s community gym is the only gym in Peterborough specifically set up to be accessible for people with most types of disabilities.

The Accessible Britain Challenge (ABC) will be launched on 4 September 2014 by Mark Harper, Minster of State for Disabled People. ABC organised by the Department of Work & Pensions Office of Disability Issues (ODI), aims to motivate communities including disabled people’s user led organisations, disabled/ community groups, local businesses, employers and service providers, to do more to be inclusive and accessible by engaging and working with disabled people to remove barriers that get in the way of them being full and active participants in their community.

Contact us for further information:

Contact: Nikki Griffiths

Office: 01733 330815 / Mobile: 07789 592160

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