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£50, 000 of National Lottery funding awarded to Northamptonshire Sport towards tackling of inequalities in sport and physical activity

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:30

£50, 000 of National Lottery funding awarded to Northamptonshire Sport towards tackling of inequalities in sport and physical activity

Following the successful first phase of funding, Northamptonshire Sport has been awarded a second £50,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The funding award will allow organisation to apply for funding to support keeping Northamptonshire active. Sport England's work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period.

This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences –Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) –to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

Further localised priority will be given to organisations supporting women and girls and LGBTQ+ residents.

To apply for the phase 2 of funding organisation have until the 18th September by visiting https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/fundingfinder/1295

The funding can be used in a wide range of ways but should be used to ensure that the priority group you work with maintain or improve their physical activity levels over the next few months.

The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £50, with the maximum application available being for £3,000.

Matthew Peleszok of Northamptonshire Sport said, "We are excited to be supporting the local community stay active during COVID -19. As an organisation we have worked had to ensure that the inequalities gap doesn't widen and we are delighted to have awarded 20 grants to date. We have a unique position to support the county and we look forward to working hard to provide opportunities to every resident of the county."

The organisations funded through phase one were: ADRE at Home Northampton, AgeUK Northamptonshire, Breast Friends, Community Courtyard, Corby Sports Dimensions, Dostiyo Asian Women and Girls, Fitness without Boundaries, Northampton Association of Youth Clubs, Northampton Town FC Community Trust, Peak Empower, Reach for Health, Rush2TheDen, SERVE, Shudan CIC, Spectrum, Sport 4Fitness CIC, Springs Family Centre, Wilby Riding for the Disabled Trust, Youthworks, Zindgani (Asian Mens Group)

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England's Chief Executive, said: "We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to Northamptonshire Sport in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-enforced these. Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England."

Part of Sport England's overall £210m support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19, Sport England is working with Active Partnerships and National Partners who have specific expertise engaging with our priority audiences. Further information on this fund can be found here https://www.sportengland.org/tackling-inequalities-fund. With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channelled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. We are also investing further funding through National Partner organisations that have specific expertise and reach to our target audiences.

Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of local and national organisations working together to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in Northamptonshire. The Northamptonshire Sport Core Team is hosted by Northamptonshire County Council and its activities are funded through Sport England Lottery grant and by local and national partners. Northamptonshire Sport is committed to ensuring that sport, physical activity and recreation across Northamptonshire is both safe and inclusive.

National Lottery players raise £30m every week for good causes, funding arts, heritage, sports, voluntary and charity projects around the UK. For more information on good causes in your area go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk .

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That's why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active -like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes. www.sportengland.org

Picture courtesy of SERVE who received funding to support residents of Northamptonshire Get up n Go as part of phase 1 funding.

£50, 000 of National Lottery funding awarded to Northamptonshire Sport towards tackling of inequalities in sport and physical activity

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