Sport England is the UK’s foremost funding vehicle for grassroots sport. Its fundamental remit is simply to increase the number of people taking part in sporting and physical activity. It invests in projects and sports clubs across the country where it sees opportunities to get more people active – and their Community Asset Fund for sports clubs is asking for clubs to apply for investment to help with maintaining and creating sustainable and quality facilities that benefit the local community.
From 30 January 2017, sports clubs and community organisations will be able to apply for investment and they are keen to hear from any sports club with a great idea that will make a positive difference to the places where people play sport and get active.
It might be a facility you already own or lease, or perhaps you’re thinking about taking over some grounds or a facility that has the potential to be used for sport.
It doesn’t have necessarily to be a typically sporty space. There are thousands of open spaces of different types with the potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.
You might be:
- Looking to take over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure. You might need financial support to bring a building back into use or need improvements to a recreational space
- Looking to expand or improve upon the sporting experience you currently offer. You could be looking to improve a dressing room or installing new showers, heating system or social space
- Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is preventing people from being active
- You might need to fix a roof that’s been damaged or repair an area after flood damage
- Or you may simply have a great idea for a new project. You might want to make improvements to a building or open space that’s clearly needed in the local community
If you think the Community Asset Fund might be for you, this guide will tell you a bit more about the programme. Alternatively you get in touch either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on 03458 508 508.
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