The athletics program has received a funding boost. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

A NEW athletics program for people living with an intellectual disability has received a boost from a local community enterprise.

Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise is providing $1400 in sponsorship to the Bendigo Specialised Athletics Program.

The program has started in recent weeks and runs each Friday at the Bendigo Athletics Track from 4.15pm to 5pm and is available to all ages and abilities.

Enterprise chair Catherine Wilby said the group was keen to encourage community partnerships to ensure activities that helped create stronger and healthier communities were available to everyone.

Athletics Bendigo general manager Craig Green said he was thrilled with the sponsorship as it means all participants would be able to participate in the program free of charge.

“Our objective was to make athletics inclusive for everyone but this generous support by SDCE means we can now offer the program for free,” Mr Green said.

The SDCE has given back well over $1 million for community groups and projects since its inception in 2005.

SDCE’s community funds come from its partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco.

Ms Wilby said residents and businesses who “tag” Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise to their existing or new Bendigo Bank or Bendigo Telco accounts were helping contribute to these funds.