Keighley councillors learn about new disability sports project

Disabled and non-disabled people in Keighley are being encouraged to get sporty together as part of a new campaign.

Keighley councillors have has pledged support for the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme, which will includee many activities in the town.

GOGA has been developed to get some of the UK’s least active people moving more, and will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities over the next three years.

The Spirit of 2012 charity is funding 18 GOGA schemes across the UK bringing £4.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

Bradford Disability Sports and Leisure (BDSL), which trains Keighley people with learning disabilities for the Special Olympics, successfully bid for cash to run activities in Bradford district.

The £300,697 grant, which lasts three years, will fund activities in Keighley, Manningham and Holmewood to motivate people to be active through friendships, maintaining health, having fun and progressing in life.

Across the district BDSL will focus on to provide ‘inclusive opportunities’ in the community targeting people who are inactive through training, workforce, planning and funding to provide sustainable programmes.

The Keighley programme will work alongside partners such as Run England and Echo to support current activity and encourage those within the community to take steps into accessible ‘active recreation’.

Activities will include a family fitness night, inclusive wheelchair programme and inclusive running clubs, mostly based at University Academy Keighley in Beechcliffe.

Dean Carroll, manager of BDSL, said: “We are looking forward to working with all our local partners to successfully deliver this programme and can’t wait to get started!”

BDSL staff recently visited the council chambers at Keighley Town Hall to meet local politicians, including Bradford councillor Abid Hussain and town councillors Shabir Ahmed and Anayat Mohammad, to inform how the programme would work in Keighley.

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