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A NEW fund has been launched in the run up to the Paralympics to get more disabled people to take part in sports.

Sport England has launched an £8m fund.

Organisations with ideas to open up more sporting opportunities for disabled people will be able to bid for £10,000 and over of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

For more information visit www.sportengland.org/funding

Sport England’s chief executive Jennie Price said: “It is an uncomfortable truth that disabled people enjoy fewer opportunities to get involved in sport.

“Sport England is committed to changing that, and making it easier for disabled people to fit sport into their daily lives.

“The Paralympic Games will put the sporting achievements of disabled people in the spotlight as never before.

“I want to make sure that Sport England’s £8m lottery investment is a catalyst to help more disabled people get involved.”

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “I am delighted that this new allocation of funding is available and is specifically targeted at improving access to grassroots sport to more disabled people.

“I am confident that this will encourage people who don’t come from a traditional sporting background to participate.”