Tackling Inequalities Funding

How Northamptonshire Sport has used National Lottery and Sport England funding to support local organisations and groups have access to physical activity opportunities that may have been reduced or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northamptonshire Sport has been allocated £100,000 over two funding phases to support 4 main priority groups.

  • Organisations based in or serving Lower Socio - Economic communities.
  • Organisations supporting participants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
  • Organisations supporting people with a disability and / or people with a long term or life limiting health conditions.

We have linked in with a range of new and existing partners to fund exciting opportunities for residents to become active again.

Funded organisations have been provided with much needed funding towards costs. These have included grant to help with the restarting of sessions, purchasing new home resource packs for vulnerable members of society and creating opportunities to get outside and receive mental health support for example.

Matthew Peleszok (Sport Development Officer, 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 35 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, Living Well CIC, Northampton Association of Youth Clubs, Northampton Town FC Community Trust, Peak Empower, Reach for Health, Rush2TheDen, SERVE, Sikh Association and Youth Club, Shudan CIC, Spectrum, Sport 4Fitness CIC, Springs Family Centre, Wilby Riding for the Disabled Trust, Youthworks, Zindgani (Asian Mens Group)

Member (Breast Friends) said:

Physical activity always seems a huge effort, especially on your own. I would recommend it to anyone who feels low in mood, no energy, depressed or anxious. For me personally I can see how my body, mental health and fitness has improved so much so since March I am very proud of it . It is great for so many things and it's a personal thing too. I feel a little more confident also as I feel so much better I do not feel sluggish or bloated like I was and I have also nearly lost my first stone in weight its been slow but I keep persevering. 😊

The organisations funded through phase two were: BST Martial Art, C2C Social Action, Daventry Volunteer Centre, Emmanuel Group of Churches, Free2Talk CIC, Hope Centre, Kings Heath Boxing Academy, Milap Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, Northampton Leisure Trust, Pearls of Peace, Pravasi Mandal, Saheli Womens Group, South Northants and Daventry Homestart, Wealdon Leisure, Wellingborough Hindu Centre

Carella Davies (CEO, Daventry Volunteer Centre) said:

"Daventry Volunteer Centre are delighted to receive funding from Northamptonshire Sport which will support our work to enable elderly and vulnerable residents to become more physically active in the local community again – COVID-19 has left many vulnerable people feeling too frightened to leave their own homes, and we need to work to prevent this from becoming permanent."

Tim Hollingsworth (Chief Executive, Sport England) 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.

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