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Disabled sport handed a £4k charity booster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

  • FUNDING BOOST . . . Ben Rigby celebrates with Debbie Read, Mark Redfern, Kerrie Fletcher and David Walsh following the funding boost.

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A CHARITABLE trust has handed over a £4,000 grant to help boost disabled sport in South Derbyshire.

As part of its strategy to develop local young people, the Burton Breweries Charitable Trust has handed over the cash to Sporting Communities in a bid to improve services that are on offer in the area.

Following on from the success of the Paralympics, the grant will provide community weekly sports sessions for local young people and adults with a disability in Swadlincote and Woodville.

Trustee Debbie Read, corporate responsibility manager at Molson Coors Brewing Company, spoke to the Mail about why the cash boost was handed out.

She said: “We were all inspired by the recent success of Team GB in the winter Paralympics and this is a fantastic opportunity for young people with a disability to try new activities, meet friends and build their confidence.”

Participants will be able to play Paralympic sports such as boccia, sitting volleyball and goalball and courses will be delivered by fully qualified sports coaches together with a team of volunteers from ShoutOut.

Operating throughout Staffordshire and Derbyshire, Sporting Communities is a national not for profit organisation that works with people through sport.

It undertakes coaching sessions, healthy lifestyle programmes, events and a comprehensive range of nationally recognised qualifications and training.

David Walsh, from Sporting Communities, said: “The funding will allow participants to experience different sports and broaden their horizons.

“Sport can make a real difference to people and we’re committed to working with local communities to develop our sporting stars of the future.”

More details are available online at www.sportingcommunitiescic.org/home.html

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