Children's Able and Disabled Sport prepares for BBC TV appearance at The National Lottery Awards 2010
|Published: 26th August 2010 16:16|
Representatives from local Lottery-funded project, Children's Able and Disabled Sport (CADS), are gearing up to attend The National Lottery Awards 2010, broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday 4 September.
The Awards are the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects and CADS has reached the final stage of the competition in the Best Sport Project category. All of the projects in the running have already received Lottery funding and a short film documenting the amazing work of each of the 21 finalists will be broadcast on live TV, before the winners of each of the seven categories are announced.
CADS is sending members of its team to London to attend this annual night of celebration. The National Lottery's Big Night will be hosted by John Barrowman and broadcast live from London's Roundhouse from 19.40. The Awards will be attended by special celebrity guest presenters, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Amir Khan, Larry Lamb, Matt Baker, Julia Bradbury and William Roache MBE. Musical entertainment will be provided courtesy of McFly and Taio Cruz and there will be a special extravaganza performance by Lottery-funded projects.
CADS offers sporting activities to children in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, regardless of their ability. It is completely inclusive, and everyone participates in the same activities, allowing those with severe and multiple disabilities access to the same opportunities as their peers.
Steve Harp, Sport Development Manager for Children's Able and Disabled Sport, says: "Reaching the finals of The National Lottery Awards has been an incredible experience and has really helped us to raise our profile within the local and wider community. Lottery funding has made a real difference to our project as it has helped us to finance equipment and staff in order to establish and expand this popular, all-inclusive sports programme. The national recognition that we will receive on BBC One is an amazing opportunity. We're all so excited about the night itself and can't wait to hear the results!"
Now in their seventh year, The National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects, both big and small, make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.
The Awards have seven categories each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: sport; heritage; arts; environment; education; health (in association with iVillage.co.uk) and voluntary/charity (in association with Woman magazine).
As well as gaining national recognition, the winner of each category in the Awards will take home a trophy and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on the project.
• Children's Able and Disabled Sport received Lottery funding from Sport England
• All voting was independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services
• For the third year running, the voluntary/charity category is sponsored by Woman magazine. Woman is the number one variety-packed women's weekly. It delivers a modern mix of hot celebrity news, juicy TV insider gossip, compelling real life stories, body confident fashion and beauty, and an up-to-the-minute lifestyle section. Woman is published by IPC Media
• The Best Health Project category is this year sponsored by iVillage.co.uk. iVillage.co.uk is one of the leading online information networks for women. A website for women, it focuses on the issues that matter most to women and offers interactive services, expert advice, information and a vital support network
• Since the Lottery began in 1994, over £24 billion has been raised for Good Causes by Lottery players and over 340,000 grants have been made across the UK
• For more information on the Awards or Lottery-funded projects log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
• The semi-final stage ran from 1 - 18 June. There were a total of 70 projects in the semi-finals - 10 in each of the seven categories
• The three projects with the most votes in each category went through to the final round of public voting
• The final stage ran from 26 July - 13 August. There were a total of 21 projects in the finals - three in each of the seven categories
• There will be only one winner in each category. The seven winners will be announced during The National Lottery's Big Night, broadcast live on BBC One on 4 September, and this year held at London's Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is one of London's leading performing arts venues and, as a charity, it helps thousands of young people every year. The Roundhouse received Lottery funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund
 NB: This is not a Lottery grant.