Cumbria’s young people CanDance
A legacy project in Cumbria has been named as the best in the North West after inspiring young people to get into dance.
CanDance was created after a consultation revealed a lack of inclusive dance opportunities in Cumbria for young people with learning disabilities such as autism. Lynn Fade, Project Organiser said: “We wanted to make dance available to young people who face the most barriers to participation. Dance is the perfect activity because it’s non-competitive, sociable, and other people can see the result of your efforts. Everyone involved in the CanDance project has really worked hard and enjoyed themselves.”
CanDance created six new inclusive youth dance groups, one in each of Cumbria’s districts, as part of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative. Sportivate gives 14- to 25-year-olds who weren’t active in their own time, the chance to find a sport they enjoy.
The award was handed over by Paralympic basketballer, Dan Highcock, who is one of a team of Sporting Champions. He said: “Discovering sport as a teenager totally transformed my life, so it’s fantastic to see how CanDance is changing the lives of young people in Cumbria.”
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