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£10m inactivity fund launching in December by Sport England - Active Nation Strategy!

Posted: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:58 by Abi Bond

£10m inactivity fund launching in December by Sport England - Active Nation Strategy!

Sport England have launched a new strategy, Towards an Active Nation, which puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what we do, and they are going to triple the amount invested in helping people to become active. As a first step, they will be investing up to £10 million into projects to help older people get active. We can work with you to improve your facilities and get some funding for your club and local community in Bedford and Luton area. Find out more...

The figures on inactivity are stark. More than one in four of us do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. And a staggering 1 in 6 deaths is caused by inactivity. That's the same as smoking.

But it only takes a small amount of regular activity to make a big difference – a brisk walk, a game of football in the garden with the children, rediscovering your love of table tennis – especially for those who are least active. It's no wonder the chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, describes physical activity as a "miracle cure."

Why target older people?

Our research shows that as you get older, you're far more likely to become inactive: 42 per cent of people aged 55 and over are inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole.

This can be for a range of reasons, not necessarily directly connected to age and physical ability. It can be work, greater family and caring commitments and even social attitudes about the 'right time' to start getting active. It's for these reasons that Sport England's first priority audience in tackling inactivity will be older people.

"To find innovative and effective ways to tackle inactivity, we're willing to take reasonable risks and invest in such a way that allows for more flexible partnership working. You'll be able to read more detail on the kind of things we're looking for in the specific older people prospectus we'll publish in December 2016." Sport England

Need to know facts:

  • Fund: Tackling Inactivity (older adults)
  • Value: £10 million National Lottery
  • Opening: December 2016
  • Anticipated size of bids: £250,000 to £500,000
  • Full details and prospectus: December 2016
  • Expressions of Interest: noon 13 February 2017
  • Awards: June 2017

    What should your club do now?

    Book on our free workshops (see events) to find out how we can work with you to improve your clubs facilities and help get some vital sport grant funding.

    Start thinking about proposals now. This fund is a two-stage process, so you'll need to have you initial idea ready to share by noon on 13 February 2017. At this stage, you won't need a fully worked up idea. They'll need to know a little about your organisation, your understanding of the audience you want to work with and your initial thoughts and ideas on how you might tackle inactivity. They aim to make funding awards in June 2017, but we will move earlier on some projects if we find great ideas that are ready to go.

    Speak to Graham@teambedsandluton.co.uk to find out more.

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