DISABILITY sport in Hyndburn is set to receive a welcome boost after Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure received a £7,831 award from Sport England to purchase new equipment.

The money will be used to purchase a mobile hoist, steps and other equipment which will open up opportunities for disabled people in Hyndburn to try trampolining for the first time.

Coun Ciaran Wells said: “This is fantastic news. Over the last few years the council has invested in improvements to disabled equipment at Hyndburn Leisure Centre including pool hoists and improved accessible changing facilities.

“We are delighted that Sport England has provided funding for us to take this further, and provide accessible equipment which will allow people with disabilities to take part in more sport.”

The award is part of Sport England’s ‘Get Equipped’ fund which was designed to build on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A total of £1 million of National Lottery funding is being distributed to organisations across England to allow them to provide specialist equipment which will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.

Drop-in and specialist taster sessions will begin in April.