Early this morning at Mile End Leisure Centre, Paul Brickell joined newly appointed LLDC Board Member Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to launch the Sport England Inclusive Fund, a £10.2 million fund which will provide more opportunities for disabled people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

One of the largest grants, and one of only a handful to be awarded in London, will go to Together East, which is receiving over £560,000 to deliver a series of initiatives designed to respond to the needs of disabled people in East London. A collaborative project led by the London Legacy Development Corporation, with Pro-Active East London, the Host Boroughs, Greenwich Leisure Limited, WheelPower and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Together East will deliver a multi-sport participation programme culminating in an annual festival of disability sport on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Sport England funding has been matched by funding from the LLDC Paralympic Legacy programme, to the tune of approximately £250k, with the remainder made up of in cash and in kind contributions from the other partners.

The funding will pay for sports equipment that can be taken to a variety of locations using bespoke designed portable surfaces in order to reach more than traditional sports facilities, giving disabled people new opportunities to get involved at times and places that are convenient to them. The project begins in January and runs for three years. The project will also recruit local and high profile people as Paralympic Legacy Ambassadors.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, the lead applicant for the Together East bid, said:

“We are delighted that the Inclusive Sport fund will help East London to build on the most successful Paralympics in the history of the Games. Thousands of people will be inspired to get involved in sport in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we want to make sure there are opportunities for everyone.

“Together with our partners, we are matching the funding from Sport England so that Together East will channel over a million pounds into sport for disabled people. With accessible venues on the Park and an annual festival of disability sport from 2013, there is a huge opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.”