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Leisure trusts throughout the country are being invited to bid for a share of £2 million funding thanks to a new partnership between Sport England and Sporta.
The National Lottery funding from Sport England will be distributed through Sporta’s ‘Make Your Move’ campaign, which will assist in getting much needed funding into sports trusts.
The leisure trusts can apply for up to £50,000 of funding each in order to help them deliver innovative projects that will help more people play sport.
"Leisure trusts play a central role in delivering high quality sports projects in towns and cities across the country,” said Sport England’s Property Director Charles Johnston.
"I am delighted to work with Sporta ensuring that Trusts get the support they need and continue to engage people with sport for the first time whilst also helping them to overcome barriers they may encounter.”
Sporta is one of the largest leisure trust membership associations in England with their members operating 30% of public facilities across the country.
These facilities attract over 230 million customer visits each year.
"Make Your Move will support Sporta members in delivering innovative local community sports programmes for people aged 14 and above,” said Sporta Chief Executive Brian Leonard.
"We aim to increase the number of people playing sport every week and to do this we need to understand what works and what doesn’t.
"This programme will give us invaluable feedback so we can continue to increase participation in years to come."
Benefitting already from the scheme is Fusion Lifestyle in London, who operate 45 sport and leisure sites across the country.
Fusion Lifestyle was awarded £43,000 for its Friday Night Project that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in Camberwell, Croydon and Lewisham by asking young people in the area the type of sport sessions and fitness activities they would to do.
Fusion Lifestyle stage the sport sessions and fitness activities requested at four sites throughout the capital every Friday evening.
"As a registered charity, all our incoming resources are used to improve and develop the facilities and activities we offer our local communities,” said Head of Sports and Community Development at Fusion Lifestyle Dan Reynolds.
"The funding Fusion has received from Sport England via the Make Your Move pilot round will enable us to further improve our service by offering a range of sports and activities to hundreds of young people across Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon, every Friday night."
Applications for funding are now being accepted and will close on January 6, 2014.
To find out more or to make an application, Click Here