A SPORTING organisation in Morpeth will be able to help more people after receiving a funding boost.
In the latest round of grants from Sport England, the Morpeth group of the Riding for the Disabled Association was awarded £3,000. The money will be used to buy a horse.
The group is based at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell and each week, more than 100 people with disabilities, young and old, from Northumberland and Tyneside take part in riding lessons, competitions and other activities.
Chairman Malcolm Haigh said: “This fantastic grant from Sport England will allow us to extend our provision and accommodate more disabled riders.
“We are already very successful in providing riding opportunities for disabled people.
“However, we have been aware for some time that many of those who approach us are too heavy for our existing ponies and so are unable to enjoy the therapeutic, social and competitive benefits that horse-riding provides.
“This money will enable us to buy a larger horse and so respond to very real demand from disabled people in the area.
It is wonderful news that Sport England has chosen to support us in this way.”
The award is part of Sport England’s Get Equipped fund, which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
A total of £1million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to make specialist purchases so that more disabled people can get involved in sport.
Lisa O’Keefe, director of insight at Sport England, said: “We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment or resources.
“We are delighted to award these vital funds to the Morpeth group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, which will play a transformative role in opening up sport to many people who previously found it inaccessible.”