Disability Sport Gets Back on Track with Funding for a Development Officer
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 00:42
"The Bill McLaren Foundation was set up to raise funds to support the development of sports. Receently they came on board to help the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group (SBDSG), and Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT,) These organizations manage and operate 10 sports and leisure centers, providing active sport, leisure and fitness services to everyone in the Scottish Borders and beyond.
The Mclaren Foundation will assist with the funding for a one-year pilot scheme in developing a post for a dedicated disability sports officer, covering three days per week. The lack of a post as this, has been a huge obstacle in the development in sporting events for the disabled.
SBDSG hopes that this new post will bring a dedicated sports officer who will focus upon coordinating, implementing and facilitating opportunities for the participation in sport and physical activities for individuals with a disability living in the region. This post will help meet BSLT's goal to have more sporting events in March and June of this year.
Brian Renwick, the grants director of The Bill McLaren Foundation stated, "The BMF is delighted to have this opportunity to help to provide a disability special development officer in the Borders and looks forward to playing an active role in supporting our partners BSLT and the SBDSG and the successful candidate."
This is a good example of how private agencies can assist in improving the quality of life for person's with disabilities.