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New Disability Charter highlights recreation potential for Blackpool groups

Gordon is backing the new charter The English Federation of Disability Sport whose launch he attended of its disability sports charter in parliament at the end of March in Westminster, as well as supporting the local Blackpool Boccia team.

As the co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for osteoporosis group in the last parliament, has had a long record of supporting disability groups and initiatives to improve conditions. Not only does it improve health and wellbeing but it creates a more equal and positive community for all.

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The EFDS charter stresses the priority is to help disabled people keep as active for life, improving all aspects such as personal development, public perception and even to inspire and innovate others.

At the launch of the EFDS Gordon met with Paralympian Tanni Thompson, who has Spina Bifida, who is a member of the House of Lords and double gold medal winner in the 2004 Paralympic Games.

Gordon followed up his support by visiting the local Blackpool Boccia team which is coached by Tony Edmonds, former care worker, to show an interest in boccia and meet the team alongside Dave Burns, disabled campaigner and community activist, who has raised over £75,000 for local charities.

Gordon said: “It’s great to see people coming together to play both friendly and competitively and that we have the facilities here at the Sports Centre to accommodate them."

"Blackpool Boccia team often meet to play against one another, this brings opportunities to socialise and get active in friendly matches."

“The Blackpool Boccia team have been a strong ambassador for disabled people and physical activity and recreation in the town.

“There should be more opportunities and groups for disabled people. Six in ten disabled people claim that there is lack of available activities for them to take part in.

“Disabled people need to feel that there are equal opportunities for them as well as breaking the psychological barriers which many disabled people feel is preventing them from taking part in sport” Gordon.

 

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