Sport England improves facilities to help get more young people into sport

01 October 2014

Thirty-six projects across England will be able to offer young people better facilities in which to play sport after receiving a share of £12.5 million of National Lottery funding from the third round of Sport England’s Improvement Fund.

The latest round focuses on facilities that will help get more young people playing sport. There are currently a record number of 3.9 million 16- to 25-year-olds playing sport every week, however, there is still more to do to help young people develop a sporting habit for life.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play. This is why we’re investing in these 36 projects to improve their facilities so they are more appealing young people, and help us to get them developing a lifelong sporting habit.”

Sport England is investing between £150,000 and £500,000 to improve sports facilities so the changing demands of young people are met whilst delivering an improved sporting experience.

Projects to receive funding, include:

  • OnSide Youth Zones has been awarded £500,000 to build the Wolverhampton Youth Zone, a large multi-sport facility in the heart of the community. It includes a 3G outdoor pitch, four-court indoor sports hall, climbing wall, dance studio, martial arts/boxing room and a fully equipped gym.
  • Empire Fighting Chance, part of Empire Amateur Boxing Club, has received £360,000 to re-develop the Mill Youth Centre - via a Community Asset Transfer from Bristol City Council - to include a boxing gym, studio and a community room. The new facility will allow them to increase capacity and deliver a wider range of sports for young people, adults and disabled people.
  • Ski Rosendale Social Enterprise in Lancashire has been awarded £375,000 to upgrade their ski and snowboard facilities. This will allow them to meet growing demand and get more young people taking part regularly.

Between 2012 and 2017, Sport England will invest £45 million of lottery funding through the Improvement Fund into medium-sized projects to improve grassroots sport facilities. In the first round of funding £9.9 million was invested to overhaul in 38 artificial grass pitches and swimming pool changing rooms. The second round 28 projects received a share of £9.6 million to help make their facilities more environmentally sustainable.