Online gaming operator Betway has announced that the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) will be its official charity of the year.

Established in 1998, the EFDS is a national charity, dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity, supporting a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively.

“The work that the English Federation of Disability Sport do is crucial to the health and well-being of thousands of people across the country, and we couldn’t be more proud to support the charity throughout 2016,” said Betway Group CEO Richard Akitt, a winner in this year's Gaming Intelligence Hot 50 Awards

“Our employees are sport fanatics and can’t wait to compete against each other – all in aid of EFDS. It’s set to be a very exciting and rewarding year ahead.”

The partnership will kick off this weekend, when employees line up for the Silverstone Half Marathon with a fundraising goal of £25,000 for the year.

The funds raised from the half marathon will provide vital support to EFDS’s Inclusive Fitness Initiative, which helps disabled people to be more active in their local area.

Betway will also take part in a variety of events over the coming months in support of EFDS, including several head-to-head internal team challenges.

“Companies like Betway enable us to increase opportunities and make active lives possible,” said Barry Horne, chief executive for EFDS. “It is the stark reality that disabled people are half as active as non-disabled people. Our IFI programme aims to tackle this inequality and break down the common barriers, which disabled people face every day when looking to be active.

“All our thanks go to Betway for selecting EFDS as their official charity. We wish all the employees the best of luck for the year ahead, which promises to be fun and rewarding.”