Wiltshire

Swindon wheelchair street dance project awarded grant

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Image caption The wheelchair street dance routine will be performed on the streets of Swindon

A project to bring wheelchair street dance to Swindon has been awarded more than £4,000 in lottery funding.

The project, set up by Sport Wiltshire and Reach Inclusive Arts, will see the town's wheelchair users creating and performing their own dance routine.

Phillip Meek, from Sport Wiltshire, said: "The idea was to do something a bit different to the more traditional sports that were available."

The dance will be performed at the Big Arts Festival at Lydiard Park in July.

The grant will fund 12 weeks of rehearsals including a place to practice and a dance tutor.

Mr Meek added: "The young people themselves will design the routine with a bit of help from Swindon Dance in putting it together."

Sport Wiltshire is one of 63 South West projects sharing £437,625 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project will culminate in a performance on the streets of Swindon, as well as the event in Lydiard Park.

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