Dorset County Council has received £225,000 for its Life’s an Adventure project that aims to provide a sporting legacy from hosting the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The project will offer introductory sports session in Weymouth and Portland for people 14 years and over, with sign-posting to opportunities to continue taking part in sport. Priority groups such as those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, troubled families and people from deprived areas will also be targeted.
The cash comes from the National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level. By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”
Sport England is investing over £5.1 million of investment in 32 projects across England. All of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years.
This is the first of five rounds of the Community Sport Activation Fund, which will invest a total of £40 million. Bids are now being accepted to the second round of funding, which closes on 1 July 2013. Community groups, charities and councils are among those that can bid for funding for up to three years, with grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 available for a wide range of projects.
15 May 2013 13:15 GMT