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Sports clubs in England can now access up to ₤10,000 from Sport England’s Places and Spaces fund in partnership with Crowdfunder to create or improve facilities

LAUNCHED in November 2021, the Sport England Places and Spaces fund initially set out to help sport clubs in the West Midlands create, enhance, or redevelop their facilities with up to ₤10,000 in funding as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Now the fund, totalling ₤7 million, is rolling out nationally with an aim to help sports clubs bring people together and keep their communities physically active. To receive the funding, clubs and other physical activity organisations must run a crowdfunding campaign on the Crowdfunder platform and meet certain criteria. Eligible organisations include:-

Local sports clubs.

Charities, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations.

Town or Parish Councils delivering activity within their community.

Education establishments that provide access for their whole community.

Rob Love, Crowdfunder’s CEO, said:- "Sport England’s Places and Spaces fund has seen some fantastic projects aiming to enhance and redevelop sports facilities for the benefit of their community as part of Birmingham 2022. The organisations that have crowdfunded have not only raised enough to make their ideas happen but have expressed many other benefits as a result of their crowdfunding campaigns: from new members, to new sponsorship partnerships, to better connections within the community. This fund has been accessible to the West Midlands initially and we’re now really excited to be able to support more projects across the whole of England!"

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Sport England, said:- "Birmingham 2022 must be used as a catalyst to help communities all over the country get active, connect, and have fun. By making our Places 10nis Spaces fund available nationally, and focusing on areas with the greatest need, we’re allowing organisations to provide brilliant new facilities in their local area to help tackle inequalities and allow everyone to get active in outstanding environments."

Nuneaton Lawn tennis Club have received ₤7,000 of funding from the initiative, enabling their club to replace 2 artificial grass tennis courts and create a viable space to attract new members and keep their community active. They had a range of great rewards, including tickets to a quiz night, vouchers for local businesses, club merchandise, and memberships. On their project page, they said:- "Naturally, we improve the health and wellbeing of all of our members, putting on a wide ranging social and physical calendar. This money will be a catalyst for change at our club, providing brand new, top class all weather tennis courts."

For more information and to find out how to apply, please go to:- CrowdFunder.Co.UK.

Lancashire careers service supports pupils with transport costs

A Lancashire careers service has launched a new fund to support schools with transport costs for young people in West Lancashire going on educational visits. Future U, which works across Lancashire to encourage more people to consider higher education, has launched its Progression Travel Fund to help with costs to cover young people travelling for visits to universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. The fund is expected to help more people take part in activities aimed at progressing their career aspirations by removing the financial barrier that can stop some young people going on these types of trips. The fund is payable to secondary schools, 6th forms and colleges, with each application assessed on a case by case basis. As well as supporting transport costs, Future U is also offering a series of sessions to support learners’ experience and knowledge of the trip. This could include workshops on employability skills, finance and university life. Future U exists to support more communities to access higher education, and schools and colleges with a larger proportion of underrepresented students will be more likely to receive a greater contribution towards their costs.

Theo Blackburn, Future U Programme Manager, said:- "The Progression Travel Fund will help more young people in Lancashire to access events that raise awareness of the progression opportunities available to them, and help in their decision making process. We know that finances can be a significant barrier to schools, students and families and so by removing this we hope to increase the number of young people exploring different progression routes- which could be college, university or degree apprenticeships. By offering accompanying sessions, we hope to further learners’ knowledge of how to reach their desired careers and help Schools and Colleges towards meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance."

To request a financial contribution, schools can complete the form at:- LancashireFutureU.Org.UK. Since the start of the project in 2017, Future U has delivered over 1,100 careers activities across 70 schools and colleges in the area, in addition to creating a range of educational and careers resources available to download from its website.

Future U is part of the national Uni Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students, and involves institutions and organisations across the county including:- University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, Edge Hill University and the University of Cumbria. Its list of partners also include Blackburn College, The Blackpool 6th Form College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Burnley College, Kendal College, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Myerscough College, Nelson and Colne College Group, Preston College, STEMFirst, Runshaw College, The Lancashire Colleges, West Lancashire College.


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