Sport England and the Toyota Parasport Fund have awarded £5,000 to allow Mahdlo to grow their well established Ability Basketball project.
The project, designed to increase the number of young people with a disability in Greater Manchester playing sport, will see at least 150 young people with a disability try wheelchair basketball and other wheelchair-based sports over 12 months.
This will include young people attending Mahdlo Ability Zone in Oldham and children attending primary schools across Greater Manchester through joint work with Manchester United Foundation.
Sport England in 2019 reported Oldham to be the worst local authority nationally for young people active outside of school, whilst those with disabilities are much less likely to take part in sport than non-disabled people (Tackling the Facts, 2017). This project will allow Mahdlo to continue to effectively tackle these issues.
Amy Taylor, Ability Zone Coordinator at Mahdlo Youth Zone said “This project has become a key aspect of our Ability delivery at Mahdlo. Participating in sport will improve our Ability Zone members physical and emotional well-being, as well as boosting their self-esteem and building skills like teamwork.”
“By investing in sports wheelchairs and leaders awards, we will be able to embed
Wheelchair Basketball and other wheelchair-based sports into our delivery and continue to increase the number of young people with a disability participating in sport. I want to say a huge thank you to Passport Toyota for allow Mahdlo to continue supporting young disabled people across Oldham with their funding.”