The latest round of Sport England’s £47.5 million Community Sport Activation Fund is now open with £7.5 million specifically dedicated to boost sporting opportunities in deprived communities. A further £7.5 million is available for innovative, local projects anywhere in the country that meets local demand.
The fund was designed to meet much-needed demand by local authorities, charities and other organisations for investment into projects that will get more people playing sport. It has already boosted sporting opportunities at a very local level across England and by ring-fencing £7.5 million for projects from deprived area, which previously struggled to secure funding, more communities than ever before will benefit.
Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: "Our investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is already making a real difference at a very local level. To help extend this work and reach some of the most deprived areas in the country, we're investing an additional £7.5 million through the latest round of funding, taking the total amount available to £15 million.”
The boost in funding comes as 36 projects today celebrate sharing in £5.9 million from the second round of funding. Among them is a community sports project designed to dramatically increase the number of young people in Southwark playing sport.
The Salmon Youth Centre has been awarded £147,261 to offer 14- to 25-year-olds in Bermondsey a comprehensive programme of sport sessions in the four-court sports hall. The Salmon Sport for Life Project will maximise its existing link with local schools by running sessions after school every weekday as well as offering sessions on weekends. Once the sessions are established, the project will focus on improving health and fitness and teaching participants how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Jamie Anglesea, Salmon Youth Centre Sports Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund. It will allow us to develop our sports provision for 14- to 25-year-olds. We offer a selection of exciting non-traditional sports such as bungee trampolinine, adventure swing and wheelchair basketball as a way for young people to get into sport and get them coming back for more.
“The Salmon Youth Centre works with disadvantaged young people who find sport a release from their complicated lives. We hope sport can be the platform to offer them support, educate on healthy living and move them on to the next step in their lives.
Other projects helping get people more active include:
- The Lake District Calvert Trust, a charity that works with disabled people in the heart of the Lake District, has secured £234,000 of funding to enable them to work with disabled young people from throughout the North West, supporting them to get active and improve their health and well-being
- Derby City Council has received £224,020 for its Coached off the Couch programme, which is a behavioural change programme aimed at getting young people and adults more active. Delivered by a trained activator in partnership with the sport governing bodies and local clubs, the programme will offer one-two-one and group sessions at a time and place that meets the needs of those taking part.
- Toxteth Firefit Hub in Liverpool has been awarded £194,630 for its Active 8 project that will deliver a diverse programme of sports activities for young people and adults in the Dingle and Toxteth area. Some of the sports that will be on offer include netball, running, boxing and boccia.
Alongside Sport England’s investments, all of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years. For a full list of projects, click here.
For further details about the Fund and how to apply, visit the Community Sport Activation Fund page.