University of East London gets funding for wheelchair sports
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A wheelchair sports project run by the University of East London has received a £20,000 funding boost.
Chairs in the Community was launched in 2011 after receiving £40,000 from the National Lottery.
It provided the five Olympic host boroughs, including Tower Hamlets and Newham, with 40 top-of-the range sports wheelchairs to improve the provision of disability sport.
Now the UNITE Group, provider of student accommodation, has pledged £20,000 to enable students to work in partnership with the university to assist residents taking part in wheelchair sports including badminton, tennis and basketball, at council-run sports centres and community venues.
UEL’s director of Sport, David Cosford, said: “Over the past two years and certainly since the end of the London Games, we have witnessed a steady increase in the number of people expressing an interest in disability sports, and we need to keep building on that level of enthusiasm.”
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The programme has delivered nearly 160 sessions across the five boroughs for more than 1,600 participants.
UEL has campuses in Stratford and the Docklands.
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