West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed an announcement from Sport England of an additional £35m of new funding this year to support sports programmes across the country.
Funding is available for a range of purposes under several different programmes, including £7m of small grants for projects such as purchasing new equipment and training coaches, £10m to support projects which provide opportunities for people in rural areas to play more sport and £5m for innovative projects which breakdown access and participation issues.
The new funding, a mixture of National Lottery grants and additional money from the Treasury, is intended to increase and sustain participation in community sports and develop new talent. Local sports clubs, voluntary organisations, educational establishments and local authorities are all eligible to apply for support.
Rosie said “I’m really pleased that this new pot of money has been made available from the Government and the National Lottery. I hope that local organisations will take advantage of the extra money to improve access to sport for the people of West Lancashire. If you run a local sports club or voluntary group and want to apply for any of this new funding, you can find out more and apply online on the Sport England website at www.sportengland.org or telephone 08458 508 508. Getting more people playing and enjoying sport is crucial to tackling obesity and other health issues but it can also help to tackle anti-social behaviour and promote community cohesion.”