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Living Sport supporting under-represented groups in Fenland through funding programme

An organisation that promotes sports and physical activity is offering grants of up to £10,000 to groups in Fenland.

Living Sport has already been working to support the Fenland community's under-represented groups through Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund.

The Tackling Inequalities Fund was created to try to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups.

Living Sport has already given grants to the Rosmini Centre and Wisbech Cricket Club. (44411986)
Living Sport has already given grants to the Rosmini Centre and Wisbech Cricket Club. (44411986)

Now in its second phase, the fund is supporting lower socio-economic groups, black, Asian minority ethnic communities, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

The Living Sport charity, which aims to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Cambridgeshire, provide grants of up to £10,000 to these groups and is now looking to reach more organisations in the Fenland area to support their participants to be more active.

The charity has so far supported 29 groups across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, providing funding for PPE and cleaning resources, additional sports equipment, volunteer travel expenses, and coach and instructor costs.

Living Sport has already given grants to the Rosmini Centre and Wisbech Cricket Club. (44411983)
Living Sport has already given grants to the Rosmini Centre and Wisbech Cricket Club. (44411983)

The Rosmini Centre in Wisbech is just one of those groups and was awarded nearly £2,500 to restart table tennis for people with disabilities and long-term conditions, as well as launch football sessions for Eastern Europeans.

Wisbech Town Cricket Club is another group that has been supported. The club wanted to give local people in more deprived areas of Wisbech the chance to take part in sporting activity where it has not always been accessible in the past.

The hope is that the funding will make Wisbech Town Cricket Club a much stronger club when the new season arrives in summer.

Josh Porter, junior volunteer coach at Wisbech Town Cricket Club, said: “It was great to see so many children who do not normally play cricket get involved and enjoy the game.

“Making sport more accessible to everyone was a benefit to the children's wellbeing and hopefully they learnt new skills in sport and in everyday life.

“Volunteering in this programme has certainly helped me improve my coaching and want to help the club deliver more to the local community.”

Chief Executive at Living Sport, Simon Fairhall, said: “When compared with the rest of Cambridgeshire, Fenland is a region with clear health inequalities and rising disparities. The Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and reduce the widening of these differences in sport, physical activity, and mental health and wellbeing.

“Living Sport is so proud to support those worst affected by the pandemic and connect these groups to life changing funding, helping to make a positive change to such important groups in the area.

“Across the region, we are looking to fund even more organisations working with under- represented groups who offer activities but need funding to continue them. If you have an idea or proposal, please do get in touch to see how we can help.”

Also in Fenland, Living Sport has supported Age UK, People and Animals UK, CCorrn and Whittlesey Table Tennis Club.

The Tackling Inequalities Fund forms part of a £210 million support package provided by Sport England to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

To apply for support or to find out more, please email Rebecca Evans on rebecca.evans@livingsport.co.uk or call 07739 655062.

To find out more about Living Sport, visit: https://www.livingsport.co.uk/

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