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Children in Need money for Liverpool disability sports

Anfield Youth Sports and Community Centre
Image caption Anfield Youth Sports and Community Centre runs classes for local children

Money raised by BBC Children In Need (CiN) is helping to fund sport for disabled people in Liverpool.

Anfield Youth Sports and Community Centre has received £107,000 to buy specialised equipment and employ coaches at Breckside Park.

The Equal Play project will be funded over three years from the money raised by the BBC charity.

Centre manager Marie Rooney said the area needed disability sport resources.

Mrs Rooney said: "The Equal Play project is about including everybody.

"We want to enable people who have disabilities to come in and use specialised equipment and specialised coaches and integrate them into all activities.

"The nearest place for disability sport is Greenbank - which is the other side of the city. It is a fantastic place but not everybody has transport."

Disadvantaged children

The funding will pay for a social inclusion officer to encourage all young people in the area to get involved in sport.

The centre has previously received funding from Children In Need which has helped to pay for after school sports classes for young people.

"Three years ago we were very fortunate to get Children In Need funding to fund Michelle, our community sports development officer," Mrs Rooney said.

"We have been able to provide access to services to kids who may have otherwise missed out," she added.

In 2010 £18 million was raised for BBC Children In Need which works throughout the year to help thousands of disadvantaged children in the UK.

BBC Local Radio is hosting 22 special screenings of Grease in aid of Children in Need, at Cineworld cinemas across England on Tuesday 15th November. Tickets are £6, with £5 going to Children in Need. More details here.

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