Sport England grant for Queen Mary Sailability
Disability sport in the Thames Valley, West London is set to receive a welcome boost after Queen Mary Sailing Club Sailability has received a £10,000 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.The money will be used to purchase a 24ft ‘Gig’ Sailing Boat which will open up opportunities for disabled people in West London to try sailing for the first time.
Alan Woolford, Queen Mary Sailability Chairman, says :‘This award from Sport England is fantastic support for disabled sailing and will significantly help us to develop the Sailability programme at Queen Mary. The boat we are looking to purchase will inspire both kids and adults with their first time experience on the water and there is now a wide range of Sailability boats at QM. We can provide good pathways for people who would like to take up our sport either for social sailing or with racing potential that could lead to the Paralympics’
Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, says: ‘We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment. We are delighted to award these vital funds to Queen Mary Sailiability which will play a transformative role in opening up sport to many people who previously found it inaccessible.’
The award is part of Sport England’s ‘Get Equipped’ fund which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympics Games. £1 million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to provide specialist equipment which will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.