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New partner funding continues commitment to tackling inequalities

We're partnering with more than 120 organisations that have a unique position to influence change and level up access to sport and physical activity.

10th May 2022

We’re investing a further £360 million of National Lottery and government funding into 78 more partners to help everyone in England get active and tackle long-standing inequalities within access to sport and physical activity.

The funding comes on the back of the £193m investment in 43 partners we announced in March and brings our total backing to more than £550m in 121 partners.

Our revolutionary new investment model will see organisations receive funding for up to five years, in order to provide longer-term financial security that allows organisations to recover and reinvent from the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

A boy wearing a blindfold tries blind football in a playground

Each partner was assessed against their ability to deliver on our strategy to tackle inequalities and support everyone in England to access the profound physical, mental and community benefits of sport and physical activity.

The need to focus on tackling inequalities was evidenced by the report from our latest Active Lives Survey, which detailed that while activity levels are showing signs of recovery post-pandemic, barriers to getting active persist and have been exacerbated for some disadvantaged groups.

These groups include women, disabled people, those with long-term health conditions, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups – so our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth is excited by the opportunities this new funding will bring.

“At the heart of our strategy Uniting the Movement is a relentless focus on tackling inequalities to help everyone get active – no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is,” he said.

“We cannot do this alone, and that’s why we are building a movement of partners that share our goal to level up access to sport and physical activity.

“They are well positioned to create the conditions for positive change in society and we will support them to do that; through investment, through research, through collaboration and innovation.

“The latest research shows that stubborn inequalities within activity levels remain and we will continue to target our resources and funding towards the people and places that need the most support to be active.”

By partnering with experts across the sport, health and charity sectors, we’re building a movement of organisations committed to levelling up access to community sport and physical activity.

The partners – a full list of which can be seen below – were chosen due to their position to tackle entrenched activity inequalities and influence positive change throughout the sector, their own networks and beyond.

"We cannot do this alone, and that’s why we are building a movement of partners that share our goal to level up access to sport and physical activity."

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief executive, Sport England

Each organisation will also focus on having strong governance, integrity, diversity of leadership and workforces, and creating inclusive and safe cultures within sport and physical activity.

The organisations include:

  • Key charities who carry expertise in their fields, including parkrun, Women in Sport, Sporting Equals, Youth Sport Trust, Chance to Shine, Mind, and The Richmond Group of Charities
  • Safeguarding organisations who work to ensure sport is an abuse and harassment-free space for all, including the NSPCC, Ann Craft Trust and NWG Network.
  • More than 30 national governing bodies of sport – including British Cycling, Basketball England, England Hockey, Skateboard GB, England Netball and Parkour UK – who will work to ensure all communities are welcome and represented at all levels of their sports.
  • 18 Active Partnerships across England who play key roles in connecting both communities and local organisations. Active Partnerships are instrumental in changing local conditions and opportunities to create more equal and inclusive places for people.
  • Partner investment

    These 78 partners are in addition to the 43 announced in March.

    Organisation Award
    Active Cheshire £2,656,600
    Active Cornwall £2,875,000
    Active Essex £3,499,575
    Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire  £2,805,250
    Active Lancashire £3,049,335
    Active Lincolnshire £2,670,250
    Active Oxfordshire £2,662,900
    Active Partnerships £1,500,000
    Active Suffolk £2,669,200
    Active Sussex £3,091,560
    Angling Trust £1,663,045
    Archery GB £1,651,760
    Association of Colleges   £1,692,000
    BaseballSoftballUK £2,388,750
    Basketball England £8,584,000
    Boccia England £2,226,881
    Bowls Development Alliance £1,891,455
    British Blind Sport  £1,114,030
    British Canoeing £6,465,692
    British Cycling £26,675,999
    British Equestrian Federation £5,187,216
    British Fencing £2,714,000
    British Gymnastics £9,167,109
    British Judo £5,171,800
    British Mountaineering Council £2,790,875
    British Rowing £1,494,805
    British Triathlon £8,652,318
    British Waterski and Wakeboard £1,161,032
    British Weightlifting £2,808,653
    British Wrestling £1,300,005
    British Universities and Colleges Sport  £1,340,000
    Chance to Shine  £4,847,124
    CIMSPA  £11,250,000
    Coach Core  £1,660,000
    CP Sport  £894,635
    Disability Rights UK  £1,672,665
    Dwarf Sports Association UK   £584,700
    Energise Me (Hampshire and IOW) £3,686,765
    England Handball £1,726,750
    England Hockey £9,353,072
    England Netball £21,280,390
    England Squash £7,351,682
    Exercise Move Dance UK £5,000,000
    Fight for Peace  £1,800,000
    Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby £2,259,750
    Herts Sports Partnership £2,681,800
    Intelligent Health Limited  £3,000,000
    Kent Sport £3,452,950
    Lawn Tennis Association £10,200,000
    Leap £2,663,950
    LimbPower £831,015
    London Sport £14,396,335
    Mind £1,928,005
    MSP £2,985,505
    National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children  £2,642,980
    Parkour UK £1,575,000
    parkrun £5,000,000
    Rounders England £1,916,825
    Skateboard GB £1,830,000
    Snowsport England £1,173,405
    Sport for Confidence  £1,335,090
    Sport for Development Coalition  £1,149,880
    Sporting Equals  £3,000,000
    The Ann Craft Trust   £1,650,000
    The Football Association £26,111,000
    The NWG Network   £1,000,000
    The Ramblers Association  £925,000
    The Richmond Group of Charities £520,095
    The Rugby Football Union £15,190,000
    Think Active £2,774,050
    UK Coaching £10,000,000
    UK Deaf Sport   £1,062,825
    UK Youth  £4,245,000
    ukactive  £5,250,000
    Wesport £2,706,850
    WheelPower   £571,730
    Women in Sport  £3,472,215
    Youth Sport Trust  £17,023,571

    England Athletics, who were announced as a partner in March, will receive an additional £3.9m for talent, while we're also confirming our continued investment into the Sport and Recreation Alliance, with an award of £6,259,020.

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One of the key charities is Chance to Shine, who run street cricket programmes in some of England’s most deprived communities – engaging thousands of young people who traditionally face barriers to being active and lack access to traditional cricket clubs.

The charity’s extensive schools and community networks mean it’s ideally placed to deliver opportunities, creating more inclusive and diverse environments for young people to connect, get active and engage with cricket.

“Chance to Shine are passionate about ensuring that all young people can access cricket, no matter where they live,” said the charity’s chief executive, Laura Cordingley.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Sport England for their support, which will have a tremendous impact on the thousands of participants in disadvantaged communities we reach through our Street programme each year.

“These sessions not only get children active, but also develop their wider wellbeing. The power of this sport to break down barriers and inspire communities cannot be underestimated.”

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