Thousands to fund sporting projects

Projects that encourage more young people into sport are set to benefit from thousands of pounds

A funding programme has opened its doors for funding bids which aims to carry on the success of the Olympic Legacy.

Nearly £400,000 of Sportivate Funding is now available for sports clubs, leisure centres and sport organisations who want to deliver more youth sport in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership are encouraging potential projects who want to deliver sport sessions during October to December and January to March, to apply for the next deadline for funding, with particular focus on new projects which target minority groups such as women and girls and disability sport.

Just under 300 projects have already received over £140,000 of funding since July 2011, allowing clubs and organisations to offer sports sessions for children and young people across the county.

Last month, the De Aston School Equestrian Team in Market Rasen were able to host a six-week Sportivate showjumping training programme thanks to a successful bid; making the sport more accessible to young people in the area.

Over 3,650 people have individually benefited from the funding since it started in 2011.

The money can be spent on a variety of projects, including: Coaching costs, facility hire, equipment (10% of total funding) transport to get participants to the sessions, training/coach education, marketing and publicity.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for sports club in Lincolnshire. Nearly £400,000 is available for projects to encourage semi-sport teenagers and young adults to take part in sport over the next four years.

“It’s a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport but also provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire.”

The next deadline to apply for Sportivate for the final round of funding in 2013 is Friday, August 2, 2013.

Sports clubs, schools, community groups, National Governing Bodies, Local Authorities, Universities, youth clubs, sixth forms and further educational colleges, leisure facilities and workplaces targeting 11 – 25 year olds can all apply for funding. Projects are asked to base their applications on £40 per head for six to eight sport sessions.

The application form and more information can be found online at www.lincolnshiresports.com/sportivate or to request a copy call Lucy Blakey on 01522 585 580.