Celebrating sporting success
Following the huge success of Scottish athletes in the Paralympics, a drive is being launched to make sport and PE inclusive for all Scottish children.
Scottish athletes in ParalympicsGB won 11 medals, adding to the Scottish success in the Olympics.
Now, the Scottish Government, through Education Scotland, will provide Scottish Disability Sport with £125,000 to offer both PE and classroom teachers across Scotland access to training which will provide them with the knowledge, skills and experience to fully include disabled young people in PE and sports.
Speaking on the day of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony Sport Minister Shona Robison said:
“There is no doubt that these Paralympic Games have been the biggest and best ever. Scottish athletes have more than played their part in both ParalympicsGB and TeamGB, with an impressive medal haul.
“That is why I am pleased to announce this funding that will aid existing efforts to help disabled children in PE and sports. During London 2012, we’ve seen how much sport can add to people’s lives, that is why it’s so important that all children have the chance to take part.
“As London 2012 draws to a close, we must also look ahead to what’s next. We have had a taste of the excitement, atmosphere and success of having these Games so close to home, I hope that everyone will continue the legacy of the Olympics and welcome the athletes home to Glasgow on September 14 and look forward to the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow in 2014.”
Gavin MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Disability Sport, said: "This funding will allow Scottish Disability Sport to implement a programme of disability inclusion training across Scotland. This training will support education staff to include disabled pupils in PE and will have significant impact on the sporting lifestyles of many young disabled people."
sportscotland has identified £3.4 million to be distributed to local authorities over two years 2012/13 – 2013/14 to help them deliver the 2 hours / 2 period PE target. The sportscotland funding is supplemented by a further £2.4 million package of national initiatives led by Education Scotland and sportscotland to increase the support available to local authorities and teachers. This includes the recruitment of 4 new PE, Physical Activity and Sport Development Officers and the funding for Scottish Disability Sport, which will train over 1,000 teachers over the 2 years.
The athletes’ homecoming parade will be held in Glasgow on Friday, September 14. More details can be found through sportscotland.