By James Crook

198681 470203July 8 - The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has today launched a new strategic plan called "Active for Life", which aims to get more disabled people to participate in sport and live active lifestyles.

Four out of five disabled people in the United Kingdom are not active - a number which is concerning for the EFDS and one that they have pledged to address with the new scheme, encouraging disabled people to take part in all aspects of sport, from volunteering, to becoming paid employees.

"Disabled people deserve the same rights to be active as everybody else, no matter whether they want to make use of their local gym or become an elite athlete," EFDS honorary President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said.

"This is why the English Federation of Disability Sport have such an important role to play.

"Our work towards equality in sport means disabled people will be able to access more positive opportunities in sport and physical activity."

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The EFDS, which is a funded National Partner of Sport England, has set out five main components for the scheme - provider commitment, pathways and progress, personal development, public perception and participation for life.

"We have worked hard to ensure our charity has an important role and purpose in England," EFDS chief executive Barry Horne said.

"Not all disabled people will want to become elite performers, so it's important there is a vast amount of high quality opportunities from local to international level.

"Disabled people should have a memorable time taking part because positive experiences mean more will actually want to continue, as well as develop an active lifestyle."

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