Today marks 50 days until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and to celebrate Fields in Trust is pleased to announce a new Queen Elizabeth II Fields Inclusion Fund.
A total of £80,000 is exclusively available for applications from outdoor recreational sites protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. The fund will open for applications on 29 August, to coincide with the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Landowners across the country are encouraged to take this chance to make their parks and playgrounds accessible and future proof. Led by the Duke of Cambridge, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Challenge provides communities across the country with a fantastic way to engage with these historic events at a local level. Applying to the inclusion fund will ensure that sites appeal to as wide a range of their local community as possible and will remain valuable assets to the community for many years to come.
Alison Moore Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Inclusion Fund means that QEII Fields can be made as accessible as possible for all children to play on and enjoy. The fund can be used to ensure that the tangible legacy of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge fully realises its potential to enrich the lives of all.’
‘Play and activity are the foundation stones on which participation in sport in later life are built. It is vital that disabled children have access to these opportunities and The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund will give grants to ensure these vital first steps are available to all members of a community ’ said Barry Horne Chief Executive of English Federation of Disability Sport.
‘The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund aims to enable our local green open spaces to become more accessible for all members of the community. We welcome this initiative from Fields in Trust to provide access to all for fun and activity in the fresh air.’ Tony Rucinski, Director of Knowledge and Learning, Scope