We've chosen 12 grassroots projects we'll work with on bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities across England. Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be invested through these projects in the pilot scheme over four years, to create innovative solutions that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.
By focusing intensely in 12 areas, we want to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence. And we want to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive. From the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs. Partnerships will encompass organisations beyond the sport sector such as voluntary groups, social enterprises, faith organisations and parenting groups.
Volunteer Cheryl Dixon, 34, a mum-of-two from North Ormesby in Middlesbrough, said: “I volunteer seven days a week in the community hub. We provide a safe space for mental health services to come in and deliver workshops, but ultimately local families and children still don’t have access to activities because they don’t have any disposable income.
“We’ve still got the same system we’ve had for the last 15-20 years but now the system doesn’t fit society. I believe that if we’re going to make an impact and a sustainable future for the children we’ve got to look at the problem from every angle we can."