Lottery boost for Edgbaston sports project

By on 15/05/2013 in Cllr Bedser, News
Cllr Steve Bedser

Cllr Steve Bedser

Community Sports Edgbaston Reservoir is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £63,466 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund.

Birmingham City Council Sport and Events is among 32 projects to receive a share of £5.1 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country and build a lasting legacy from last year's successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The three year project will see the introduction of weekly free family multi-sport activities available at Edgbaston reservoir including jogging, cycling, rowing and canoeing. The project is a partnership between Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Public Health, Canal and River Trust, Canoe England, British Rowing, and Run England.

City Council Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “This funding will make a real difference to our community sports initiative at Edgbaston Reservoir and we're very grateful to Sport England and the National Lottery.

“We've seen through our Be Active scheme that removing the cost barrier to sports participation can be hugely successful and this funding will enable us to offer a fantastic range of outdoor activities FREE of charge.”

The Community Sport Activation Fund builds on previous funding campaigns, which have shown that the key to success is finding out what people want from sport - and what 's stopping them from getting involved - before designing an offer that's appealing, accessible and secures their long-term involvement.

Sport England's Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level. By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we're offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”

Local government, voluntary and third sector groups and organisation are among those receiving funding and alongside Sport England's investments, all of the projects are contributing partnership funding towards their multi-sports programmes that will run for up to three years.

The Community Sport Activation Fund will invest a total of £40 million of funding over five funding rounds. The second round of funding is now open and closes on 1 July 2013. Community groups, charities and councils are among those that can bid for funding for up to three years, with grants between £50,000 and £250,000 available for a wide range of projects.

Successful projects bidding to this fund will demonstrate:

  • A focus on a defined geographical area and community
  • Understanding of what local people want from sport with ambitious but realistic plans to get more people involved
  • Strong local partnership, including other funding sources.

You can find full details of fund at http://www.sportengland.org/funding/csaf.aspx

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Notes to Editors

Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. We will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities.

The National Lottery has been changing lives for 18 years. Every week National Lottery players raise over £30 million to help change people’s lives across the UK.

For more information please contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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