A GROUP which provides specialist adaptive equipment so disabled children can enjoy sport has been handed a £1,000 boost.

The Barry-based Intersensory Club has been named as one of the first regional champions of Persimmon Homes’ huge Building Futures programme in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

Housebuilder Persimmon is dishing out £32,000 a month across its 32 regional operating areas, aiming to support groups which work with under-18s across three categories: sports, education and arts, and health.

Later in the year, three initiatives which top a public vote will win £100,000 each, while there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, and a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

The Intersensory Club will use the £1,000 windfall to purchase a special needs tricycle.

Cliff Hayes, of the Intersensory Club, said: “We are thrilled to have won this funding from Persimmon Homes.

“We are committed to providing specialist adaptive equipment for children and young people with severe disabilities. Accessing sport and leisure activities on a regular basis can improve general health and wellbeing and social inclusion.

“We have provided all-terrain beach wheelchairs at Barry Island as well as submersible pool wheelchairs for Cardiff International Pool and an adaptive cycling club in Barry, amongst other things.

“We’re reliant on donations and gifts, so we’re extremely grateful.”

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year gave away £620,000 to support children’s sport.