Thank you to the schools who submitted their applications. We received more interest than we expected and want to ensure we take the time to process each application thoroughly. We will notify schools regarding their success by the end of next week, Friday 14 May 2021. Thank you for your patience.

Opening School Facilities Fund

Sport England has announced that £10.1 million of Department for Education funding (DfE) will be invested into the Active Partnership network to:

  • support schools to open their facilities outside of the normal school day
  • to increase the breadth and volume of sports and activities available

Particular focus will be on those schools with a high percentage of pupils eligible for FSM, Pupil Premium and SEND; also schools within areas of deprivation where physical activity levels are typically low.

To access the funding, schools need to apply using the application form below.

For more information or support, contact

Drop-in sessions

We are holding three 1-hour drop-in sessions regarding this funding.

There is no need to book a place and please attend if you have questions or would like support with your application form.

20 April 2021 10.30am - 11.30am

21 April 2021 2pm - 3pm

22 April 2021 4pm - 5pm

Opening School Facilities Funding Application Form

* Required Field

The purpose of this funding is to;
• support schools opening their sports facilities to their pupils and the local community
• the facilities must open before school (not specifically breakfast clubs), in the evenings, at weekends or during school holidays
• support schools to open their facilities in areas with high levels of inactivity, high percentages of FSM and for those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
• support schools with swimming pools on site to allow them to open to the target groups in a COVID safe manner

(Limited to 250 words)

NB The funding allocations must be spent by August 31st 2021 with activities/facilities opening during Summer Term 2021. Only in special circumstances can some projects start in Autumn Term 21/22.

To discuss any parts of this application further, contact Annelise Finlayson

Closing date for this application is Friday 30th April 2021 at 5pm

The Head Teacher must approve this application before it is submitted