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Funding boost for leisure trusts

November 26, 2013

Leisure trusts throughout the country are being invited to bid for a share of £2 million thanks to a new partnership between Sport England and Sporta.              

The National Lottery funding from Sport England will be distributed through Sporta’s ‘Make Your Move’ campaign, which will assist in getting much needed funding into sports trusts. They can apply for up to £50,000 of funding to deliver innovative projects that will help more people play sport.

Sport England’s Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “Leisure trusts play a central role in delivering high quality sports projects in towns and cities across the country. I am delighted to work with Sporta ensuring that Trusts get the support they need and continue to engage people with sport for the first time whilst also helping them to overcome barriers they may encounter.”

As one of the largest leisure trust membership associations in England, Sporta’s members operate 30 per cent of public facilities across the country attracting more than 230 million customer visits each year.
Benefitting already from the scheme is Fusion Lifestyle in London, Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, and Life Leisure in Stockport. 

Fusion Lifestyle, who operates 45 sport and leisure sites across the country, has been awarded £43,000 for its Friday Night Project. In an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour in Camberwell, Croydon and Lewisham, the trust will ask young people the type of sport sessions and fitness activities they would to do and then make it happen at four sites throughout the capital every Friday evening.

Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust has been given £15,000 to fund Step2action. The project will help people with mental health conditions or low self-esteem by running a rolling eight-week sports programme alongside cognitive behavioural therapy.

In Stockport, Life Leisure has been awarded £17,000 towards ActiSPORT which aims to get sedentary and obese people in the most deprived areas of the city more active. The first phase will see each person take part in six weeks of gentle activity, such as walking and running, before moving on to 20 weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. The programme will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face session and remotely via email where they will be offered support and encouragement.  

Brian Leonard, Sporta’s CEO said:  “Make Your Move will support Sporta members in delivering innovative local community sports programmes for people aged 14 and above. We aim to increase the number of people playing sport every week and to do this we need to understand what works and what doesn’t. This programme will give us invaluable feedback so we can continue to increase participation in years to come”

Dan Reynolds, Head of Sports and Community Development at Fusion Lifestyle said "As a registered charity, all our incoming resources are used to improve and develop the facilities and activities we offer our local communities. The funding Fusion has received from Sport England via the Make Your Move pilot round will enable us to further improve our service by offering a range of sports and activities to hundreds of young people across Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon, every Friday night."

Applications for funding are now being accepted and will close on 6th January. >>more