1,200 young people take part in Sportivate since April 2013

By NickiBlake on February 24th, 2014 - comments

Sportivate logo smallOver 1,200 young people in Lincolnshire were able to try a new sport between April 2013 and March 2014 thanks to funding from Olympic legacy programme, Sportivate.

Backed by National Lottery funding, Sportivate aims to give young people aged 11-25 who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time the chance to find a sport they like. The young people are then helped to find a club or other venue where they can keep taking part.

Active Lincolnshire help to deliver the legacy project through Sport England, who are providing lottery money to each county from 2011 until 2017 in an effort to help encourage ‘semi-sporty’ teenagers aged 11 – 25 to take part in more sport.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People’s Officer at Active Lincolnshire, said: “Sportivate not only provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport; it provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire. A lot of hard works goes into this project so it is great to see so many young people being engaged in more sport in Lincolnshire.”

Since the funding first started, over 297,232 teenagers and young adults have so far benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week courses in a variety of different sports through Sportivate, with 5,700 benefitting in Lincolnshire alone.

The next deadline for Sportivate is open to projects looking to target women and girls in sport, the deadline for this is Friday 30th May 2014.

Those looking for help with applications can contact Lucy Blakey on 01522 585 580 or email lucy.blakey@lincolnshiresport.com