£178,000 lottery boost for local sport in East of England

A crime reduction charity in the East of England is among 31 projects to share in over £5.1 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

Nacro has been awarded £178,731 of funding to deliver the XS project; a multi-sport initiative aimed at young people in crime hot spots and deprived areas of Broxbourne. Targeting hard-to-reach young people and those at risk of offending, Nacro aims to challenge the perception of young people by having them lead the project.

Richard Harding, Nacro project manager, said: “The funding Nacro has been awarded from Sport England will give us a fantastic opportunity to give young people in the Borough of Broxbourne a chance to take part in a variety of positive sporting activities, learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing. The funding enables Nacro’s XS Project to take sport to the young people, and inspire them to take up sport for life.”

The Community Sport Activation Fund builds on previous funding campaigns, which have shown that the key to success is finding out what people want from sport – and what‘s stopping them from getting involved – before designing an offer that’s appealing, accessible and secures their long-term involvement.

Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level. By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”

All of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years.

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism said: “Congratulations to the 32 projects that will be receiving a share of this £5.1 million National Lottery fund. They will help improve the sporting offer in communities across the country and drive up sport participation levels.”

This is the first of five rounds of the Community Sport Activation Fund, which will invest a total of £40 million. Bids are now being accepted to the second round of funding, which closes on July 1 2013. Community groups, charities and councils are among those that can bid for funding for up to three years, with grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 available for a wide range of projects.

Successful projects bidding to this fund will demonstrate:

· A focus on a defined geographical area and community

· Understanding of what local people want from sport with ambitious but realistic plans to get more people involved

· Strong local partnership, including other funding sources.

You can find full details of the fund at: http://www.sportengland.org/funding/csaf.aspx