A new funding initiative from GreaterSport will provide finances for grassroots sport and physical activity clubs in the Greater Manchester area to implement more opportunities for 14-19 year olds to get active and play sport.

Satellite Clubs will remove many of the barriers that prevent teenagers regularly taking part in sport or physical activity and provide opportunities that may not otherwise be available.

Satellite clubs are defined as local sport and physical activity clubs that are designed around the needs of young people and provide them with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easy for them to become active or to develop more regular activity habits.

Who is this funding for?

The funding is available to any club, youth group or organisation working with young people aged 14-19, with the target audience being those who are inactive or generally less active on a regular basis.

One example of a club that successfully applied is Bolton Rugby Union FC. Prior to the funding there were zero opportunities for girls above the age of 12 to play rugby union in Bolton. The club duly applied for funding in an attempt to encourage more females to take part in rugby union.

Peter Gore, a committee member at Bolton RUFC said:

It meant that girls who were playing at young ages either had to find another club elsewhere because there’s not that many, or they were just never playing again. Our aim was purely to encourage girls to take part in the sport. We hope to one day have our own ladies team, but until then we just want everyone to have the opportunity to play rugby. Even if it means we generated the interest and we took them to other clubs, we’d rather do that and have them play than not play at all.

As a result the club, in conjunction with Thornleigh Salesian College, delivered rugby taster sessions to 10 schools in the local area.

How to apply for Satellite Club Funding

  • Complete modules 1 and 2 of the online training before completing your application form
  • Download the application form using this link

The application process is open now and closes on 30th July 2018.

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