Government Contributing to Disabled Sport

Targeted populations from the disability sector are set to benefit from the latest round of funding under the Rann Government’s Move It! Making Communities Active Program .

Nearly $100,000 in funding has been offered to organisations with the aim of increasing the participation of disabled South Australians in physical activity and active recreation.

The Move it! Making Communities Active Program, worth more than $670,000 in total, was initiated by the Rann Government and aims to help organisations and community groups to involve more people in active recreation and sport.

The Minister for Recreation and Sport, Michael Wright, says the Program is about getting more people, more active, more often.

“Getting people to improve their health through fitness is a key State Government priority,” says Mr Wright.

“This round of funding has gone to many clubs which are providing better opportunities to involve people with disabilities in physical activities.”

Successful organisations to benefit from this round of Move it! funding include:

Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing (Social Members Association) – $32,000 for a project aimed to increase confidence in people with cerebral palsy to be involved in fitness and active recreation.

Riverland Recreation and Respite Centre – $28,380 to provide a 10 Pin Bowling Program to people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy -$20,205 to conduct a gymnastics fun and skills training program specifically designed for students with disabilities from the Port Pirie Special School.

Townsend House – $8,200 grant for gymnastics program for blind/vision impaired, deaf/hearing impaired children involving Koorana’s Gymnastic club.

The Move it! Program was developed through the redirection of gaming machines funds back into the community for sport and recreation.

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