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£2500 available to host County Disability Festival 2012/13

July 31, 2012

Active Cumbria in partnership with Disability Sport Events (DSE) would like to invite local organisations to apply to host a Cumbria Festival of Sport (formally DSE Mini Games) in 2012 - 2013. One successful organisation will receive £2,500.00 to deliver a mass participation multisport event which will aim to introduce children and young people with disabilities aged 6 -16 years of age to a friendly competition which we recommend take place either on one or more days between September 2012 – March 2013. In addition to this Disability Sport Events (DSE) will provide medals, t-shirts and banners for the event.

 Aim of Event

The Cumbria DSE Festival of Sport should offer participants the opportunity to try a range of mainstream and disability sports and activities that they may not have tried before followed by signposting participants to appropriate exit routes (community provision and/or competition pathways). The event will be the first DSE Festival of Sport hosted in Cumbria open to children and young people with disabilities across the country.

In addition to providing participants with the opportunity to take part in sports and physical activities the event should aim to raise the profile of disability sport amongst local sports providers who are yet to develop their provision for disabled young people. It is suggested that the sport and activities included within the event are those that:

(a)   Meet the needs of children and young people with varying disabilities including those with more complex needs

(b)   Are fully inclusive for all to participate in

(c)   Are linked to an exit routes (community provision of competition pathway)

Objectives

To offer young disabled people the chance to take part in a range of high quality sports and adapted activities including taster sessions and structured competitions

To provide young disabled people with the opportunity to find out which sports are more accessible and suitable to their impairments and/or needs
To provide sport providers with the opportunity to engage with young people with a range of disabilities to address their disability awareness and workforce development training needs (if required)
To signpost young disabled people to paralympic or impairment appropriate pathways in particular other DSE events.
To offer coaches, young leaders, and other staff and volunteers within Cumbria the opportunity to gain an understanding and experience of supporting children and young people with disabilities in a range of sports and adapted activities
This opportunity will be a closed bid process open to local authorities, educational establishments, leisure facility operators, clubs, commercial operators or any willing provider.

The successful bidder will be responsible for leading on the planning and delivery the event itself so please include in your submission details of what you think you can contribute to the successful delivery of this event.

If you would like to register your interest to become the event host please complete the application form and return no later than 5pm on Wednesday 12th September 2012.

If you have any questions or queries regards this project please contacts Nicola Maclean on 01229 407557 or email nicola.maclean@cumbria.gov.uk

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If you would like to register your interest to become the event host please complete the application form and return no later than 5pm on Wednesday 26th September 2012.

If you have any questions or queries regards this project please contacts Nicola Maclean on 01229 407557 or