Community Trust receives Sport England Funding to Support Adults with mental and physical disabilities

Blackpool FC Community Trust has been awarded funding from Sport England to provide support for adults with mental and physical disabilities across the Fylde coast. Through this funding, the trust aims to enhance the lives of adults with physical, learning, and mental disabilities to participate in multi-sport and group physical activities.

Across 12 months, each week will feature four 1-hour weekday group activity sessions that use adapted physical activity at its core, including golf, boccia, and curling, from games and activities that promote improved fitness to developing social skills and healthy relationships. These sessions will be wholly inclusive by focusing on having fun and socialising with peers whilst building skills and confidence, rather than concentrating on the competition.

The sessions are specifically designed for individuals with a range of physical and mental disabilities. The Trust has an excellent reputation for caring and inspiring disabled people. All sessions are led by staff that are experienced and confident in working with people with disabilities.

Matt Hilton, Deputy CEO of the Trust said,

‘’This new project will be a huge benefit to our local community by providing free opportunities for adults with a physical and mental disability and encouraging individuals to take part in fun sport based activities. It will allow our charity to provide a number of extra activities that we don’t currently deliver.”

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.