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THE ASPIRE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE IN
WEST LONDON RECEIVED A £13,705 MoL:FF GRANT
MAKING AN ENTIRE VENUE MORE ACCESSIBLE
On average 1,200 people become paralysed each
year. Aspire is a charity that supports the 40,000
people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK.
For many years the Aspire National Training Centre
in Stanmore,West London, has been a lifeline for
people suffering these disabilities, where they can
enjoy integrated leisure activities such as gym work,
swimming, wheelchair rugby, Powerchair Football
and wheelchair basketball.This improves their physical
health and mobility, as well as personal esteem
and confidence.
The existing equipment at the Centre’s sports hall
had been in place since 1991 and had become so
out-of-date that it was often not working properly
or even safely. Improvement was also required to aid
wheelchair access to the sports hall itself. Many of
the staff and the majority of the sports hall users are
wheelchair users who need to be able to operate the
equipment independently.
Typically wheelchair players arrive at the centre with
two wheelchairs – one for everyday use and the
other to play sports. Previously the players had to
negotiate the manual sports hall doors with both
chairs and this is often not possible independently.
Now, thanks to a £13,705 MoL: FF grant, the current
doors have been replaced with automatic doors
for easy access to wheelchairs, making the entire
venue far more accessible. In addition, the grant also
contributed towards new basketball nets and a
new scoreboard.
The London Nautical School received a £36,000
MoL: FF grantto increase accessibility for all
The London Nautical School (LNS) was founded in
1915, as a result of the official report into the loss
of TheTitanic.The School has traditionally offered
its dinghies, kayaks and motorboat to external
organisations along the various mooring spots on the
RiverThames.
Whilst these were in decent condition, they did not
cater for disabled and inexperienced participants,
which had led to a lack of involvement from those
groups.There were also very few opportunities
for the Lambeth area’s young people in general to
experience the type of adventurous water-based
activities that LNS had planned.
MoL: FF funding of £36,000 has helped fund the
purchase of: two Gigs (which are12 men sailing and
rowing boats); four RS Feva’s racing boats (which
carry two people); and one competition multi-boat
trailer.The grant has also helped to pay for Automatic
Identification System (AIS) and very high frequency
(VHF) equipment.
The Mayor’s Fund has also provided a revenue grant
to part-fund instructor costs to maintain the school’s
working ratio of one instructor for every eight
students afloat on the water.
LNS’ new MoL: FF-funded fleet was used in the
LondonYouth Games and formed part of the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ‘flotilla’ celebrations on the
RiverThames earlier this year.
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MoL:FF grants wor th
£5.5m
awarded
At least one new sports facility in all
32
London boroughs
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different spor ts catered for across the MoL:FF sites
IMPACT IN NUMBERS 2010 TO 12:
MAYOR OF LONDON:
FACILITY FUND
BUILDING AN OLYMPIC LEGACY FOR LONDON
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