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March 14, 2013
Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership are looking for Community events to support through the Community Games programme. Funding is available for events in Cumbria with Active Cumbria able to offer up to £250 to local events that meet the programme criteria. The events can be anything from an organised football tournament, a triathlon or a sponsored walk to a village carnival or village show, and will reflect the interests and needs of that local community. There may also be many schools that are planning to stage events linked to the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that could also benefit from being involved in the programme.
Community Games was launched in 2012 as the brainchild of Legacy Trust UK, a charity whose role is to create lasting impact from the Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. In 2012 Active Cumbria supported 34 events across Cumbria that were helped by 1500 volunteers and reaching nearly 20,000 event visitors. Over £4,000 of event grants were awarded to local community event organising committees.
Rebecca Stamper, one of the event organisers for the Kirkbride Jubilee Gala in 2012 and recipient of a Community Games award said:
"Kirkbride Jubilee Carnival Committee were very grateful for the Community Games grant in 2012. It allowed the organising committee to engage the whole community from ages 5 to 55 in fun sports activities as part of a great celebration of the diamond Jubilee as well as getting the local people geared up for the Olympic games which were to follow."
Richard Johnston, Senior Manager at Active Cumbria said:
“2012 was a great year to launch the Community Games programme across the country. In Cumbria we had some great community events from jubilee celebrations to village carnivals and mini Olympics. We really want to build on the success of our 2012 events as we look for more events to support in 2013. I would urge local event organisers or those thinking about organising an event this year to log onto the Active Cumbria website and find out more about how the programme can help your event.”
If you would like help organising an event the Community Games website has lots of useful tools and resources to help you plan your event. To take you step-by-step through the process of organising your Games a Community Games toolkit has been developed. It contains loads of useful information and tips for planning an event, it contains answers to many of the detailed questions that will be posed when pulling together successful community events. Full details can be found at www.communitygames.org.uk
To find out more about Community Games, how you can get involved, and the support on offer, please go to www.activecumbria.org
To find out more about Community Games and how to apply for funding