Silver Spirit funding goes to 23 2012-inspired projects in Lincolnshire

By NickiBlake on May 17th, 2012 - comments

Twenty-three organisations across Lincolnshire have received a grant to fund Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects.

The groups, including Keep Fit Clubs, U3A, Health Walk Clubs and New Age Kurling groups, have all been awarded funding to help them set up events based on an Olympic theme.

The money has been funded through a project called Silver Spirit at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, which awards grants of up to £300 to community groups and organisations whose members are mostly aged over 50 years, and want to run Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects in the run-up to the 2012 Games.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “Silver Spirit provides a great opportunity for the older generation to get actively involved with the 2012 Games. We have funded all kinds of innovative ideas including gardening, craft, dancing, walking, New Age Kurling and reminiscence projects.”

£10,000 has been awarded to 70 projects throughout Lincolnshire in four rounds of Silver Spirit funding leading up to the games. With all the money now allocated, over 3,000 people aged 50+ will be taking part in Olympic themed activities in their local area.

Cllr Sue Woolley, Executive Councillor for Health, Housing & Community, said:  “The Olympics is an excellent opportunity to inspire more people to get out and get active. Staying active is essential to maintaining health and fitness, particularly for the over 50s. That’s why I’m delighted this money has been made available to help older members of our communities celebrate this summer’s games in a fit and fun way. Make sure you get involved in what’s happening in your area.”