Street sports project wins share of £15m grant fund - The Rugby Observer

Street sports project wins share of £15m grant fund

Rugby Editorial 25th Jun, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A STREET sports project to encourage young people to get active will go ahead after receiving a £62,000 grant.

It is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15million allocated by Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund to support grassroots sport across the country.

The funding will allow the borough council to develop a new programme designed to encourage people aged 14 to 25 to try a new sport using parks, open spaces and sports halls.

The project was developed after feedback from the community that there was not enough provision for this age group.

Football training at the basic level in England has also come in for much criticism since England’s early exit from the World Cup.

Keith Newell, the council’s community safety partnership manager, said: “We are very pleased to have secured the funding for this innovative project.

“Lack of affordable things to do can lead youth and adults to becoming victims of crime, or can lead into a downward spiral of offending.

“I hope this programme with our sport and recreation team will lead to fewer offences, and fewer victims of crime.”

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community sport, said: “It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like Rugby Street Sports to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.

“The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level.

“I’m particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”

Coun Heather Timms, the council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: “With this additional funding won in partnership with the Community Safety Partnership, we will be able to work with many more young people and adults.

“I look forward to seeing how the individuals and communities benefit from this scheme.”

– ENGLAND basketball star Dru Spinks will be at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre twice next month.

He will visit the Sportivate project on July 16 and 23 between 8pm and 9pm in his role as a Sport England’s Sporting Champion.

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 14 to 25-year-olds six weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

Dru said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate basketball project in Rugby. I cannot wait to help the participants get fully involved in basketball and tell them about my own experience of proudly representing England in the sport.”


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