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Kids get Olympic Legacy grants to try boccia or even wheelchair basketball

10:05 24 February 2014

Paragames wheelchair athlete Jack Binstead

Paragames wheelchair athlete Jack Binstead

London Youth Games

Grants are being awarded to 275 youngsters in two former Olympic ‘host’ boroughs to try out sports they might not have at school.

They are going to 125 youngsters from Barking & Dagenham for athletics, swimming, boccia, football and wheelchair basketball. Another 150 from neighbouring Newham get grants for cycling, kayak, and sailing.

Barking and Dagenham’s Multi-Sport Paragames project is being awarded almost £4,900, while the Wheels & Water Stars of Newham programme gets £2,000.

“It’s important we maintain the momentum of London 2012 by making sure youngsters have the chance to take part in competitive sport,” said Olympic and World cycling gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, patron of the 2014 London Youth Games.

“The grants open doors for them to take part in less-traditional sports s that they might not be exposed to at school, to discover a new activity and discover something about themselves.”

The cash comes from Balfour Beatty Sports Development Grant with Capital FM’s Help a Capital Child scheme, which has dished out £350,000 in the last eight years to children in 19 London boroughs to provide free taster sessions, professional coaching and buying equipment in 20 sports.

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