Sportivate

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Sportivate funding has now closed.

VANEL are pleased to have been asked by Nicola at Active Humber to lead on promoting and supporting interested groups and organisations in putting together their bids for submission to “Sportivate”, a National Lottery funded ‘Sport England’ programme which launched in 2011. “Sportivate” was created to continue the legacy left behind by the London 2012 Olympic Games by providing funding for young people aged between 11 and 25-years-old, giving them the opportunity to discover a sport that they love.

“Sportivate” is inviting organisations’ that work with young people to apply for funding to receive six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sporting activities. You do not have to come from a sporting background to be eligible to apply for “Sportivate” funding. This is because “Sportivate” is targeting young people who are not particularly sporty, and therefore less likely to be physically active. In particular, “Sportivate” is targeting girls, young women and people with disabilities, who may be interested in participating in a sporting activity, but who may not seek out such opportunities themselves. The aim of “Sportivate” is to get young people who said in a questionnaire that they participated in less than 30 minutes of physical activity for three days or fewer out of the last 28, to increase their level of physical activity to 30 minutes of activity on at least four days out of the last 28. Questionnaires will be distributed to participants asking them about their level of physical activity before and after their involvment in the “Sportivate” programme, to see if this was achieved and how successfully.

Organisations’ who apply to “Sportivate” can receive funding to cover or subsidise the cost of coaches/instructors, venue and equipment hire, as well as training and leadership courses. Funding is also available for incentives to motivate and enable young people to continue participating in sporting activities long after the initial six-to-eight week period of free or subsidised coaching has ended.

There are a number of benefits that can be had from applying for “Sportivate” funding, increasing young people’s level of physical activity being only one. “Sportivate” helps to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour within communities by giving young people who are classed as ‘hard to reach’ an alternative activity to invest their time and energy into. Furthermore, “Sportivate” provides young people with the opportunity to work as part of a team. Here they can learn how to interact and communicate effectively with their coaches and fellow team members. They have the chance to realise their leadership potential and form lasting friendships, all whilst discovering a sport that they love. In the recent wake of the Olympic Games and the run up to the Paralympics in Rio, there couldn’t be a better time to get involved.

If you would like to get involved and apply for “Sportivate” funding, talk to VANEL. Our Community Development Intern Chris Luckman, is supporting the “Sportivate” programme and offering guidance to organisations’ and young people who want to get involved and apply for the funding.

Contact Chris@Vanel.org.uk

Alternatively you can call him on 01472 231 123.

Applications for “Sportivate” funding close in March 2017, so there is still plenty of time to apply.

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