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- 18 November 2013 00:00
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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has worked alongside Sport England to invest in four projects in order to get thousands of people involved in sport, exercise and activity classes.
The DCLG selected Manchester, Kirklees, Luton and Greenwich to share £364,000 over two years to get over 20,000 people to participate in sport and exercise.
The funding for the four projects comes as part of the Government’s push to break down barriers and get people from all different backgrounds involved in shared activities.
"Sport offers so many fantastic opportunities, whether it be taking part or helping out,” said Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price.
"We are very pleased to be working in partnership with DCLG to invest in these innovative sports projects, giving people a chance to get into sport in the way that suits them best.”
The initiative is one of a number of projects DLCG is funding through its integration work to bring people from different backgrounds together and help build stronger communities.
"Sport is an excellent way of breaking down barriers and getting people involved in activities,” said Minister for Communities Stephen Williams.
"You only need to look at football teams, whether they are the England national side or in a Sunday pub league, to see the mixture of people of different backgrounds that are brought together by sport.
In Manchester, the Wythenshawe Forum Trust will encourage community participation in activities starting in January 2014 and leading to a seven day festival finale event at Manchester’s former Commonwealth Games venues in July.
Activities will run for 24 weeks in Wythenshawe, East and North Manchester, and will include a range of sports from running, basketball, boxing, cricket, dance, disability sport, and lacrosse.
Meanwhile Active and Connected Communities in North Kirkleeswill will put on multi-sport taster opportunities at public events and open days in Dewsbury.
In Luton, Active Luton will provide sporting activities for people aged 14 to 19 years to improve community integration within three specific areas of Luton: Marsh Farm, Lewsey Farm and Farley Hill, where crime and anti-social behaviour is a major concern.
Through strengthening the disparate groups within the ‘silent majority’ the community will come together on a stronger footing.
The project will then bring the three communities together for sport, engagement and education projects.
Finally in Greenwich, Charlton Athletic Community Trust will work with a range of local sports clubs, voluntary sector organisations, Greenwich Leisure Limited and Charlton Athletic Race & Equality (CARE) Partnership to run a multi-sport programme that builds on the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Olympic Legacy, and links to future major sporting events, including the Tall Ships race in 2014, and the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
The principle of unity will run throughout the entire project, providing opportunities for people from different backgrounds to interact with other communities. A period of targeted community engagement will be undertaken at the outset.
The target population is Woolwich, incorporating four wards with significant levels of multiple deprivation and social exclusion.
The money funding comes in addition to the funding already being invested by Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) through Sport England for community sport.