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New fund to enable community groups tackle inequalities in sport, physical activity & exercise

Published on Monday, 6th July 2020

"This is a great opportunity for local community groups to apply for further funding to help them tackle inequalities and the negative impact that the Covid-19 epidemic has brought."

Our partners at Think Active have released their Tackling Inequalities Fund, provided by Sport England, to invest across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport, physical activity and exercise.

With recent studies showing that there is a widening gap in the activity levels across certain demographics, and in particular;

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions

The fund aims to support organisations, sports clubs and projects to deliver projects to local communities that help enable those groups to be active.

In particular, they welcome projects which use sport, physical activity and exercise to address the following challenges which have been identified as being key within Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire:

  • Young Peoples Mental Health, particularly during the summer holidays and for those young people who are/have been shielding
  • People who are unable to access online physical activity opportunities due to lack of access or confidence
  • Supporting people who are nervous or anxious to return to or start activity within their community as a result of shielding
  • People recovering from Covid-19 who would benefit from being more active to help their recovery
  • Projects which target people living in communities within Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Solihull, North Warwickshire and Coventry.

The people taking part can be of any age but must live in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire.

Cllr Ian Lloyd - Portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“This is a great opportunity for local community groups to apply for further funding to help them tackle inequalities and the negative impact that the Covid-19 epidemic has brought. The fund will hopefully be a big help in closing the widening gap in activity levels and support our local residents at a time that it is desperately needed.”

Applications are open now, and if successful, the project must be delivered before October 2020.

See full guidance notes and the link to the application survey here:

thinkactive.org/clubs-and-groups/tackling-inequalities-fund/