New adult disabled scheme launched

by Foundation of Light

Activity and sport sessions to take place in Peterlee.

A new activity and sport session has been launched in Peterlee to help disabled adults access sport and improve their health.

The Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, are running the adult disability multi-sport course, which includes games and activities for all in a fun and friendly atmosphere, every Wednesday evening 5-6pm at East Durham College until September 3.

Sessions are tailored to the disabilities of those taking part and also suitable for participants’ non-disabled friends and carers to join in. Sessions cost just £3.

The session is designed to engage with disabled adults who might be at risk of cardiovascular disease and/or type 2 diabetes.

According to a recent Sport England survey, 93% of disabled people in England do not take part in sport. Regular exercise can reduce individuals’ risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Liz Barton-Jones, Foundation of Light Head of Inclusion commented: “The Foundation of Light are committed to providing opportunities through which people can change their lives. We feel that everyone should have access to sport, not only for the health benefits but for the social, emotion and intellectual benefits too, and we hope those who come along to these sessions take a lot from them.”

To find out more about the sessions or to book places call the Foundation of Light on 0191 551 5191.

This project is part of the Move into Sport programme, supported by Sport England, Durham County Council Public Health, Culture and Sport and County Durham Sport, aiming to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in County Durham through increased participation in sport.