Disability sports plan is launched

Carol Hart, Maddie Thompson and James Cook at the launch of the Derbyshire Sport Disability Plan
Carol Hart, Maddie Thompson and James Cook at the launch of the Derbyshire Sport Disability Plan

Work to ensure that all disabled people in Derbyshire have the chance to take part in high quality sport and physical activity opportunities at a level that is right for them has been outlined in a new county plan.

The Derbyshire Plan for Disability Sport 2012–2015 was launched earlier this month, to coincide with 50 days until the start of the Paralympic Games, and aims to ensure there will be a real legacy from the Games in Derbyshire.

The aims of the plan are to increase the number of opportunities available, as well as raising awareness of what is already on offer, increase participation in sport and physical activity and to identify and support talented sports people.

The plan has been developed by local partners and the English Federation for Disability Sport and produced by Derbyshire Sport following a long consultation process, and is intended to provide a clear vision for local organisations involved in sport.

James Cook, disability sport development officer at Derbyshire Sport, said: “Many partners have worked together over the past few years to develop the infrastructure for disability sport in Derbyshire, and this has included the setting up of the Derbyshire Sport and Physical Activity Steering Group. There are also more opportunities for young disabled people from mainstream schools through the Competition Plus programme and more than 40 sports clubs are now offering activities for disabled people across the county.

The plan was launched with the help of Derbyshire wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson.

She said: “I’m really excited to have been selected to compete in my first Paralympic Games, especially as it is a home Games.

“I hope that the Games will also inspire others to take up sport, and I’m pleased that this new plan is being launched now.”

“It is fantastic that partners in Derbyshire are working hard to ensure that sport is accessible for all and also to help indentify those with talent so that Derbyshire is well represented at future Paralympic Games and other international competitions.”