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£260,000 Funding Secured for Copeland Community Physical Activity Project

May 15, 2013

The funding target of £250,000, for a new three year programme aimed to create more opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity in Copeland has been reached, thanks to support from local partners and a £91,800 National Lottery investment through Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.  The scheme is one of 32 projects nationally to receive a share of £5.1 million of funding from the Sport England fund to support sports activity across the country and build a lasting legacy from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Following on from a successful pilot project, which has been providing fitness and exercise sessions in Cleator Moor, the new ‘beActive in the Community’ programme will be running outreach classes and activities for adults and children of all ages. 

The project has been set up by North Country Leisure (NCL) Copeland in close consultation with Copeland Borough Council and local funders the Copeland Community Fund (£75,780), Cumbria Housing Partners (£20,000) and Nuclear Management Partners (£10,000).  It will target four priority areas where more people exercising can bring very real health benefits.  These areas are North East Copeland (including Cleator Moor and Frizington), South Copeland (including Millom),South Whitehavenand North Copeland (Distington / Howgate, including Lowca). 

‘beActive in the Community’ has also provided several job opportunities with the introduction of two full time equivalent Community Coaches and three apprenticeship positions. The coaches’ work will be based around getting residents to participate in 30 minutes of moderate exercise or activity that raises the heart’s rate above its resting beat per minute. The project aims not only to provide the opportunity to participate in regular activity, but also to educate the community about how to lead a healthier lifestyle and the risks associated with not being more active.

The coaches will deliver a range of enjoyable activities, which are based around multi-sports and group exercise.  In addition, at least four volunteer coaches will be recruited and developed over the course of the project in each area (at least 16 in total) and a total of 160 qualifications will be achieved (20 per annum in each area) including gymnastics level 1 leading to level 2, rugby union level 1, rugby league level 1, cricket level 1, first aid, safeguarding and related areas.

Recently appointed Community Sports Manager, Nina Albertelli is looking forward to working with the outreach coaches throughout the borough.  She says “The aim for the first year is to encourage 18,500 participants to take part in sessions, so a high target, but with the additional trained coaches, apprentices and volunteer coaches available to deliver a great choice of activities, we are expecting lots of people to get involved and try something new, which is provided locally.”

NCL Copeland Board Chair Peter Johnstone is positive about the development of this project, saying “We need to do more to improve health and well being and I am pleased that thanks to funding from local organisations and Sport England, NCL is able to play a key role in the delivery of this programme for everyone in Copeland.”

To register your interest or for more information on the scheme, contact Nina Albertelli on: 01946 815100 or email: