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Bristol Sport Foundation awarded £126k Sport England funding

Bristol Sport Foundation has been awarded funding of £126,322 by Sport England to tackle inactivity amongst under-represented groups and disadvantaged communities in the Bristol area.

BSF’s programme is a two-year initiative aimed at boosting participation in sport and physical activity, as well as the wider outcomes that sport has to offer. The funding sees National Lottery proceeds being invested back into communities across Bristol and is part of Sport England’s support for Bristol as European City of Sport 2017.

The individual programmes set to benefit from this funding - within the Core Cities Programme – are Walking Sport, We Love Sport, Man vs Fat, Wheelchair Rugby and Coach Education.

“I am delighted to begin working in partnership with Sport England to help a wide variety of people across Bristol increase their involvement in sport and physical activity,” said chief community officer, Ben Breeze. 

“Our Walking Sport programme will provide more opportunity for older people to take part in regular exercise in a fun and social environment; We Love Sport is a long-term multi-sport project that will equip large numbers of young people with the skills to enjoy and participate in all sports, throughout their life - from grassroots all the way to elite level." 

“Man vs Fat is a football programme that works to get inactive men taking part in sport and make healthier lifestyle choices, while the wheelchair sport funding will enable us to buy our first set of specially adapted wheelchairs and support the growth of our Bristol Bears and Cubs Wheelchair Rugby Clubs. 

“Finally, our Coach Education fund will train coaches in typically ‘hard to reach’ areas of the city and support a new group of coaches working in areas of the city we have not delivered in before.   

“This funding is a strong endorsement of the partnership approach taken by Bristol Sport Foundation and it will grow and enhance the superb work delivered by our partner charities, namely Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Basketball Community and Bristol Jets Badminton Community."

 

“This funding is a strong endorsement of the partnership approach taken by Bristol Sport Foundation and it will grow and enhance the superb work delivered by our partner charities."

Ben Breeze, chief community officer

“This programme, developed by Bristol Sport Foundation and community partners, will really make a difference at grassroots level in overcoming barriers that stop people keeping active,” said Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper.

“We want everyone in Bristol, regardless of age, background or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.”

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