Physical activity in Lincolnshire is set for a major boost thanks to a share of a national £4.5million investment in a new health and well-being programme, Get Out and Get Active.
Funded by Spirit of 2012 and managed by the English Federation of Disability Sport, the programme is a UK-wide initiative which will primarily focus on encouraging and supporting people with a disability to take part in active recreation.
Dugald Mackie, Spirit of 2012 chairman, said: “There are few more important health issues facing the UK today than the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles.
“As an Olympic and Paralympic-inspired charity, I believe strongly that Spirit of 2012 should be at the forefront of finding imaginative ways of tackling it.”
Barry Horne, English Federation of Disability Sport chief executive, said: “I’m absolutely delighted our consortium has been chosen by Spirit of 2012 to oversee such a major investment into communities across the UK.
“The programme will deliver exciting new opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to Get Out and Get Active.”
Lincolnshire Sport submitted a bid to Spirit of 2012 and were awarded £270,000 to deliver the programme in East Lindsey alongside Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture.
The project will aim to increase participation in fun and inclusive physical activity, with volunteers being at the heart of the project, by supporting people to lead more active lifestyles.
Ian Brown, equality and diversity manager at Lincolnshire Sport, said: “The Get Out and Get Active funding is great news for East Lindsey, and the county as a whole, and will ensure there are inclusive opportunities for both disabled and non-disabled people to take part in physical activity together in their own communities.”
* For more information about the programme, contact Ian Brown on (01522) 730325.