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Sport England Newsletter 'The Pitch' - Issued Febrary 2012

Sport England Creating sporting opportunities in every community

the latest from the pitch Feb 2012

Sport England | Creating sporting opportunities in every community

Ready to be Inspired again?

Local community sports groups are being urged to bid for £10 million of Olympic legacy investment to upgrade their facilities with the opening of the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund.

And to help potential applicants, a series of tools are available to help applicants put together the best application possible so they can use the investment to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, expensive to run and difficult to maintain.
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Inspired Facilities round two is now open for business - giving more sports clubs the chance to improve their facilities

"We want people all over England to be able to look back on 2012 as the year when their local sports facilities got better, as well as the year the Games came to our country,” said Richard Lewis, Chair of Sport England. “This is the chance for many more sports club to be part of the Olympic legacy.”

On the dedicated Inspired Facilities website, there is a range of useful documents for applicants, including a dummy application. This document allows applicants to work through and develop their application, highlighting areas where they may need additional advice or support, well ahead of submission.

Applicants can also download and watch an Inspired workshop video. The workshop video takes you through the application process step-by-step, explaining what needs to be done and what things to look out for.


There has also been a series of small, local workshops held around the country. Hosted by the local county sports partnership, the workshops have invited people from the community and voluntary sector to come along and find out how the Inspired Facilities fund can be of benefit to their area.

Part of the Places People Play legacy programme, Inspired Facilities is helping bring the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. All funded projects will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

“The Inspired Facilities programme is helping to improve and upgrade grassroots sports facilities up and down the country as a result of the government’s lottery reform and London 2012,” said Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics. “I encourage any local community sports clubs that want to improve to apply for funding. These grants can make a big difference in modernising sports provision and giving facilities a new lease of life.”


With money also available to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport, this investment is putting clubs right back at the heart of their local communities.

The second round of Inspired Facilities is open until 2 April. To find out more and to put in an application, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.

   

33,000 youngsters inspired into sport as legacy programme gathers momentum

33,000 young people have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first six months of Sportivate - Sport England’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.
The newly published figures show the legacy programme is gathering momentum, with 25,801 of the 32,932 participants taking part in the last three months alone.
teenagers in the South West have been introduced to gig rowing by a Sportivate project run by Nankersey Gig Club 

A group of teenagers in the South West have been introduced to gig rowing by a Sportivate project run by Nankersey Gig Club

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Seb Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is aimed at 14- to 25-year-olds who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time, giving them the chance to find a sport they enjoy. The young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part.

“Tens of thousands of young people who’d previously thought sport wasn’t for them have now discovered just how much fun it can be,” said Richard Lewis, Sport England’s Chair. “This is what the Olympic and Paralympic legacy is all about and it’s fantastic to hear about all those finding a new passion for sport.”

In the South West, a group of teenagers were introduced to gig rowing by a Sportivate project run by Nankersey Gig Club. They’ve since been selected to take part in the 2012 Gig Rowing World Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

“I love rowing because it gets me out on the water,” said 20-year-old Oli Maskrey, a Science student from the University of Exeter Tremough Campus. “We’re all really excited about going to the world championships which is a really great opportunity that I wouldn’t have had without the Sportivate project that got me started!”

In the East of England, 14-year-old Ben Torren, was among those who took part in ‘Get Into Judo’ Sportivate sessions at Mildenhall College of Technology. “I didn’t know what to expect as I have never done judo before but I thought it was pretty good,” he said. “I particularly enjoyed learning all the holds with my partner and I am really looking forward to the next session already.”

As part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme, the National Lottery-funded Sportivate will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.

“Sportivate has had tremendous early success, giving young people the chance to try their hand at a variety of sports with proper training and positive encouragement,” said Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics. “I am delighted that so many young people have been able to find a sport they love ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I’m confident that Sportivate will leave a great sports legacy from London 2012.”
   

County festivals of sport get £4 million of National Lottery funding

Hundreds of thousands of young athletes will have the chance to come together and take part in festivals of sport after Sport England invested £4 million of National Lottery funding into the organising of the multi-sport events.

Forming part of the School Games, the annual county festivals of sport are the third level of the School Games structure and are a culmination of the ongoing programme of intra-school and inter-school competition.
Girls Playing Rugby - Sport Kingston 
 

More than 100,000 competitors and
nearly 14,000 young volunteers will
take part in the country festivals of sport.

  
The funding will be used to establish 46 local organising committees, who will be responsible for organising and delivering the festivals.

Each committee will be made up of representatives from local schools, county sports partnerships, young people, and national and local sports providers.

“The School Games will help inspire a generation of young people to take part in sport," said Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Youth and Communities Director. “The local organising committees will showcase and deliver the finals of the all-year-round inter school competition across 30 sports.

“Alongside our Olympic legacy programme, Places People Play, this will ensure we build a lasting sporting legacy beyond next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The committees will also be supported by the Youth Sport Trust, which has been commissioned by Sport England to develop and deliver the School Games until 2013.


Greater Manchester School Games was one of nine regions chosen to pilot these events. More than 1,500 young people from 200 primary, secondary and special schools competed in 11 different sports at some of Manchester’s most prestigious 2002 Commonwealth Games venues. The event was supported by more than 250 student volunteers, who formed the School Games crew helping run and promote the event.

“The Greater Manchester School Games were an outstanding success bringing together so many volunteers and competitors in some of the country’s best World Class sports facilities,” said Richard Saunders, Greater Manchester Sport’s Chief Executive.


At least 60 festivals are expected to take place in the first year and will involve more than 100,000 competitors and nearly 14,000 young volunteers. As a key part of the School Games, the county festivals of sport will help ensure a lasting sporting legacy for young people beyond London 2012.
 
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