Luton Sports Network
Who we are
The Luton Sports Network is a voluntary body, operating under Active Luton, and has been representing sport in Luton for over 30 years. The group, made up of a wide range of representative of the sporting community across the borough, meet approx. 4 times a year to discuss and contribute to a variety of local sporting outcomes from Luton's Strategic Vision for Sport and Physical Activity. This document, together with Luton's other related strategies is available via the following link here
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of our lives, including our ability to access sport and physical activity. At the start of lockdown our community sports clubs and other sector organisations had to close their doors for several months. The return to play process is heavily regulated and it is taking time for people to re-engage.
The network is keen to support Luton's community sports club and organisation to re-open and sustain their activities during this extremely challenging time. As a consequence our priorities have changed to ensure that we can respond effectively to the challenges the pandemic continues to bring for our network. It is therefore anticipated that the vast majority of our resources will be utilised to support this need during the remainder of the 20-21 financial year.
The groups priorities are:
- To continue to provide a large grants scheme, to support local athletes performing at an elite level, and a small grants scheme to support individuals, sports clubs and organisations resident and competing in Luton for the development of amateur sport.
- To provide a COVID-19 support grant for our community clubs and organisations that helps them to return to play and sustain their activities against a backdrop of reduced income and increased costs. It is anticipated that the vast majority of our resources will be used to support this need during the remainder of the 20-21 financial year.
- Greater engagement with local sports clubs and be a more active part of the Luton Sport Community with representation on each of the strategic vision steering groups.
Membership is open to all sports clubs and other interested organisations and individuals within the borough that use sport and physical activity to promote health, lifelong learning and community cohesion.
How to get in touch
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on becoming a member, wish to apply to join our committee or want to know more about our grant schemes.
Our Grant Schemes
We provide a small grant scheme that supports clubs and athletes either living or performing in Luton. Up to £250 is available for successful applicants. The scheme has four competitive funding rounds each year. Information regarding eligibility, what we will and will not fund and how to apply are available via the following downloadable document.
We launched a new grant scheme in 2018 to support Luton's most talented athletes. Priority will go to those taking part in Great Britain or their home country in international competition at World, Olympic, Commonwealth or European level and including of course the Paralympic equivalent competitions. Some of these people will already be on a development pathway. We also recognise that some are on the cusp of making that breakthrough and so we hope with a little extra support from us, this could make the difference.
Information regarding eligibility, what we will and will not fund and how to apply are available via the following downloadable document.
COVID 19 Pandemic Support Grant
This grant is available from Monday 21st September 2020.
The Sport and Physical Activity Covid-19 Support Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those organisations that need it most. It's specifically targeted at organisations delivering in the sport and physical activity sector, who have a role in supporting Luton residents to be active as we come out of lockdown but are experiencing short term financial hardship as a result of ceasing operations due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus.
The types of organisations eligible include community sports clubs and voluntary organisations who deliver sport and physical activity opportunities. The fund will also consider applications from other organisations who can demonstrate they play their part to deliver or enable physical activity opportunities in Luton.
Information regarding eligibility, what we will and will not fund and how to apply are available via the following link
Our committee is a sub-committee of the Active Luton board. It is made up of elected members from the voluntary sporting community together with a representative from each of the Active Luton board and Luton Borough Council. Members are elected at an Annual Meeting.
The committee is run by a secretariat provided by team BEDS&LUTON, the Active Partnership for Bedfordshire.
Our committee meetings take place on a Wednesday evening between 6-7.30pm.