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Sport England invest £7.5 million to boost physical activity in deprived communities

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Sport England is set to invest £7.5 million from their Community Sport Activation Fund which will be specifically dedicated to boost sporting opportunities in deprived communities.

The £7.5 million funding comes directly from Sport England’s £47.5 million Community Sport Activation Fund that looks to meet much-needed demand by local authorities, charities and other organisations for investment into projects designed to get more people playing sport.

In addition the ring-fencing £7.5 million for projects from deprived area, which previously struggled to secure funding, a further £7.5 million will be made available for innovative, local projects anywhere in the country that meets local demand.

It means a total of £15 million will be available from the Community Sport Activation Fund, which has already boosted sporting opportunities at local level across England. 

"Our investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is already making a real difference at a very local level,” Sport England’s Director of Community Sport Mike Diaper.

"To help extend this work and reach some of the most deprived areas in the country, we're investing an additional £7.5 million through the latest round of funding, taking the total amount available to £15 million.”

The boost in funding came as 36 projects celebrated sharing in £5.9 million from the second round of funding. 

Among them is a community sports project designed to dramatically increase the number of young people in Southwark playing sport.

The Salmon Youth Centre was awarded £147,261 to offer 14 to 25-year-olds in Bermondsey a comprehensive programme of sport sessions in the four-court sports hall. 

The Salmon Sport for Life Project will maximise its existing link with local schools by running sessions after school every weekday as well as offering sessions on weekends. 

"We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund,” said the Salmon Youth Centre Sports Manager Jamie Anglesea. 

"The Salmon Youth Centre works with disadvantaged young people who find sport a release from their complicated lives. 

"We hope sport can be the platform to offer them support, educate on healthy living and move them on to the next step in their lives.

Alongside Sport England’s investments, all of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years.

For further details about the Community Sport Activation Fund or to apply, Click Here 

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