Lincolnshire organisations awarded funding to tackle inequalities in physical activity

By Charlotte Pedley on August 27th, 2020 - comments

A total of £80,000 of  National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund has been invested in projects across Lincolnshire to support communities and groups to keep active following the covid-19 lockdown.

Active Lincolnshire have managed the distribution of the funding in the county, working with partners across the seven districts of Lincolnshire to identify those community focused organisations and projects who are engaging with some of those people hardest hit by Coronavirus.

Many groups have found it harder to be active as a result of Covid-19, including disabled people, those with long-term health condition, people from lower socio-economic groups, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The Tackling Inequalities funding was created to support these groups, and help reduce the negative impact on their activity levels created by Covid 19.

Funding has been awarded to 17 organisations in the county who will develop and deliver 21 projects to open up more opportunities for people to be physically active. Active Lincolnshire will work alongside these organisations to offer support and guidance and maximise the impact of the projects.

The organisations are:

Navaz Sutton, Director of Development at Active Lincolnshire commented:

“We are delighted to be able to distribute funding, through the Tackling Inequalities Fund, to community organisations across Lincolnshire for projects working with some of those hardest hit by Coronavirus. We know remaining active is really important for physical, mental and social wellbeing, but for many groups this has become more challenging as a result of Covid-19.  This funding will open up opportunities for people to remain active, providing a real benefit to their health and wellbeing. We look forward to seeing the development of the projects and the impact they have on the people involved.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to community groups in Lincolnshire through Active Lincolnshire in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-inforced these.

“Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England.”