Oomph! wins Sport England grant to energise Bedfordshire communities
Posted: Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:54
GREAT NEWS: Oomph! wins largest grant of over £900,000 from @SportEngland Active Ageing Fund to work with community organisations across the country and in Bedfordshire in getting 27,000 over 55s active. They will train around 1600 workers and volunteers in retirement villages and community venues to run adapted sports activities for older people.
Their fun-first approach involves bringing elements of lesser-known sports including volleyball, weightlifting, boccia and urban orienteering to the local community. They will enable regular sessions to be provided to wide audience through housing associations, retirement villages and at public venues such as libraries and community centres and are working with the National Sports Governing Bodies for each of these four sports and in some cases drawing upon Paralympic Games versions.
To enable the project to achieve wide reach, Oomph! has secured the involvement of the County Sports Partnership Network, including ourselves which we are very proud to be part of. Inactive people over the age of 55 are a large and diverse group (roughly 6.4 million people) so age and community appropriate programmes will be tailored to each setting. An anticipated 800 venue partners will use a bespoke app uploaded onto a tablet computer to enable Oomph! to report in real-time to Sport England and direct additional support to partners that are struggling to keep people on the programme.
Watch this space for more info on local case studies to show the Oomph programme in action.