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Local Community Awarded Sport England Grant

A community group in Braunstone has successfully bid for National Lottery National Lottery and Sport England Portrait RGBfunding through the Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund, with an aim to get local people more physically active.

Designed in response to local demand, Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund is a £47.5million National Lottery funded programme providing grassroots activity at a very local level; investing in what works best based on local need and evidence.

b-inspired, a local charity based in the Braunstone area, will receive National Lottery funding to deliver local sport and physical activity sessions to the Braunstone and Rowley Fields ward, with a specific aim to work with young people, families, those aged 50+ and adults who are not active to their recommended levels of at least 30 minutes a week.

Residents will have access to a range of sports and activities, delivered on their doorstep; all of which have been chosen via consultation with local people and tailored to meet the needs of the target audiences; such as ‘Walking Football’, ‘Street Tennis’, and ‘Zumba’.

Additional to these opportunities, the project will also offer opportunities within volunteering, training and also employment. 

Angela Wright, b-inspired Chief Officer, said: “The award of Lottery funding for this project is great news for the area and we are delighted to be chosen to deliver this new and exciting project.  It will help us to extend the work of our b-active sport service which is all about using sport to provide participants with opportunities to get into a healthier lifestyle. 

“Our experience in delivering many other sports projects has shown us that, it helps participants to grow confidence and develop new skills. It also opens up progression routes into training and work - inspiring them to inspire others.”

Deputy City Mayor and chair of Leicester’s Health and Wellbeing Board Cllr Rory Palmer added: “I would like to congratulate b-inspired on its successful bid and we look forward to supporting their work to increase physical activity in their local area.

“Local groups are ideally placed to encourage local people to make the most of the sport and fitness opportunities available in their neighbourhoods.

“There are loads of things that people can do at no cost to increase the amount of physical activity they do. The first step could be a walk in the local park, but we are already investing in facilities like outdoor gyms to encourage more people to take the next step to a fitter and healthier lifestyle.”

This project is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Encouraging people to give sport a go, the fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don’t exercise.  

Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said, “It’s great to be working with innovative groups like b-inspired, which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best. Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevent anyone from taking part.”

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