£191k boost for outdoor centre will give disabled people more chance to get into sport

Bournemouth Echo: OARSOME TIME: Children from Haymoor Middle School with instructor Rob Howlett OARSOME TIME: Children from Haymoor Middle School with instructor Rob Howlett

DISABLED people in Poole will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after an outdoor centre received a £191,886 boost.

Harbour Challenge Outdoor Education centre at Hamworthy Park received the funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.

The club is one of 44 projects across England to benefit from more than £8million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for disabled people.

Harbour Challenge will be running kayaking, archery and rambling/orienteering sessions for 160 Poole people with mild and moderate disabilities over the next three years.

The funding will pay for a disabled adapted safety boat, rambling kit and to staff sessions at a level appropriate for each individual disability.

Fundraising manager Paul Thompson said: “We are officially launching our new waterside base at the ex-council facility, Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre, over the weekend of May 17 (for schools) and May 18 (for the public).

“The disabled adapted RIB will give us the only safety boat of this type in the area, a true community asset. Thank you Sport England.”

For more details about disabled sport sessions and the launch weekend, call 01202 772436 or email c.hurlock@harbourchallenge.co.uk

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7:39pm Thu 24 Apr 14

fairandsquared says...

What a fantastic opportunity and a great facility for people here in poole well done to the centre for meeting the adventure and activity needs for so many young people, power to them
What a fantastic opportunity and a great facility for people here in poole well done to the centre for meeting the adventure and activity needs for so many young people, power to them fairandsquared
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8:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Turtlebay says...

So the money won't be made available to the disabled to help them try out sports, it will be spent instead on equipping a boat, paying for staff instruction and some walking gear!
So the money won't be made available to the disabled to help them try out sports, it will be spent instead on equipping a boat, paying for staff instruction and some walking gear! Turtlebay
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