Funding up for grabs to make parks and playgrounds more accessible
Today, to coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games, Fields in Trust opens its new Queen Elizabeth II Fields Inclusion Fund. Landowners across the country have six weeks to get their applications in to the charity for funding to make their outdoor spaces inclusive.
This year’s Paralympic Games is set to be the busiest and most successful to date with record ticket sales and so as the nation waits to see incredible sporting feats from the world’s Paralympians, Fields in Trust are helping landowners to build a strong legacy of outdoor recreational spaces that are accessible to all, giving any future Paralympians somewhere to discover and hone their talent. Sites protected through the QEII Fields Challenge can apply for the Inclusion Fund – including Stoke Mandeville’s Community Centre Playing Field which is less than 5 minutes away from the birthplace of the modern Paralympics.
Landowners across the country are encouraged to take this chance to make their parks and playgrounds accessible and future proof. With endorsement from Scope, the English Federation of Disability Sport and Paralympic hopeful Richard Chiassaro, the Inclusion Fund gives landowners a key opportunity to ensure that their sites offer inclusive opportunities to as wide a range of their local community as possible and will remain valuable assets to the community for many years to come.
Led by the Duke of Cambridge, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Challenge provides communities across the country with a fantastic way to engage with these historic events at a local level.
Alison Moore Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Inclusion Fund means that QEII Fields can be made as accessible as possible for all children to play on and enjoy. The fund can be used to ensure that the tangible legacy of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge fully realises its potential to enrich the lives of all. It is also a central facet to ensuring society has a strong legacy from the Paralympics as well as from the Olympics”.
"Play and activity are the foundation stones on which participation in sport in later life are built. It is vital that disabled children have access to these opportunities and The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund will give grants to ensure these vital first steps are available to all members of a community," said Barry Horne Chief Executive of English Federation of Disability Sport.
"The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund aims to enable our local green open spaces to become more accessible for all members of the community. We welcome this initiative from Fields in Trust to provide access to all for fun and activity in the fresh air", said Tony Rucinski, Director of Knowledge and Learning, Scope.
For further information please contact:
Kathryn Cook at Fields in Trust on 07931 392 176; 0207 427 2117; firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Richard Chiassaro is ranked 1st in the UK over 100m and 200m and 2nd over 400m.