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Play for all at Albany Park

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27 May 2016

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The first specialist accredited playground for children with disabilities in London is heading for Albany Park in Enfield.

The first specialist accredited playground for children with disabilities in London is heading for Albany Park in Enfield.

It will be built by Enfield Council and jointly funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which is providing a £150,000 grant for the project.

The playground will be London's first Plan Inclusive Play Area (PiPA) accredited playground and will give children with disabilities and long-term health problems the same opportunities for movement, physical activity and play as able-bodied children by providing a wide range of adapted and sensory equipment.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "It is hugely important that all children are given the same opportunities, regardless of their individual circumstances, and it is absolutely fantastic to have received this huge grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust to build this much needed facility in Enfield.

"We are immensely proud to be providing London's first fully inclusive playground. We want all of Enfield's children to achieve everything they can in life and this new facility will provide its users with a stimulating and exciting environment in which to play, amidst the tranquillity of Albany Park. It will also help the Council meet its objectives of encouraging all young people to do plenty of exercise and adopt a healthier lifestyle."

Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: "In the past year, we have restructured our system to offer three levels of grants which are awarded on a quarterly basis, rather than annually. We are delighted to announce these awards which we believe will have a significant positive impact on participation in physical activity in those communities.

"At the beginning of our current financial year in October 2015, The Trust received a record £5.7 million as a result of London Marathon Events Limited staging of events for future grantmaking and we are actively seeking high quality applications from organisations that will get more people physically active."

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the founders of the London Marathon, to meet one of their founding aims to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Their vision ensured that the profits from the London Marathon would go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.

The Trust currently provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities.

The Trust is able to distribute grants in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organises mass participation events: the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.

The total value of grants awarded by The Trust since 1981 is now over £62 million to more than 1,130 projects.