The Toyota Parasport Fund has generated much-needed funds for disabled sport ©Parasport Fund/Toyota

Almost £400,000 ($552,000/€461,000) has been invested into helping disabled people in Britain become more physically active in the past 12 months as part of the Toyota Parasport Fund, it has been announced. 

The fund, launched in 2019, is a partnership between Toyota GB, ParalympicsGB, Sport England and the Home Nations Disability Sports Organisations.

It is aimed at empowering disabled people to enjoy the wide range of benefits of becoming more physically active, according to ParalympicsGB.

More than 90 clubs have so far benefited from the scheme through grants for vital equipment, while accessibility and inclusivity training has been delivered to an estimated 1,000 people across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A total of £200,000 ($276,000/€230,000) has been set aside to help clubs recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of indoor and outdoor facilities across the country.

Clubs across Britain have been able to benefit from the fund ©ParalympicsGB
Clubs across Britain have been able to benefit from the fund ©ParalympicsGB

"The Toyota Parasport fund is a huge boost to ensuring activity providers are able to access the equipment and have the training they need to offer the best possible experience for disabled people," said ParalympicsGB chief executive Mike Sharrock.

"We want to thank Sport England, Mencap NI, Scottish Disability Sport, Disability Sport Wales and Toyota GB for their generous support during these incredibly challenging times for the sector.

"We know disabled people are still far less likely to take part in physical activity than non-disabled people. 

"That is why we relaunched Para sport in 2019. 

"We want to ensure everybody has the opportunity to experience the wide range of benefits associated with becoming more active whether it be physical and mental wellbeing, friendship, or the joy of learning something new."