Council praised for championing inclusive sport
19 January 2017
Bridgend County Borough Council’s efforts in championing inclusive sport opportunities have been recognised by Disability Sport Wales.
Having achieved Disability Sport Wales’ Insport Bronze level accreditation back in 2014, the council’s continued work in supporting local sports clubs and organisations to become more inclusive has seen its accreditation level raised to Silver, with Gold now in its sights.
The local authority has a dedicated Disability Sport Wales Officer who operates the National Disability Sport programme, working with schools and local organisations to identify opportunities for people with disabilities.
A range of targeted services and programmes are also in place to support all groups of people to be more active including those with disabilities, older people, women and girls and people living in disadvantaged areas.
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, Councillor Hailey Townsend, said: “The legacy of Team GB’s Paralympic success, along with support from local authorities and organisations such as Disability Sport Wales, is seeing more people with disabilities across Wales taking part in physical activities.
“As well as nurturing disabled elite athletes, we also want to make sure that people of all levels of ability have opportunities to be active in some way.”
Disability Sport Wales’ Partnership Manager, Michelle Daltry, said: “Disability Sport Wales are delighted to award Bridgend County Borough Council the insport Development Silver Standard. The drive and determination to ensure that all disabled people have a high quality experience of sport and physical activity is second to none. Bridgend are one of only three Local Authorities to have achieved this standard to date and I look forward to working with them towards Gold Standard.”
For more information on inclusive sports within Bridgend County Borough, call the council’s Disability Sport Wales Officer on 01656 815220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org