Cash up for grabs for county sports groups

Lord Sebastian Coe with torchbearer Michael Meyerstein ahead of the Olympics
Lord Sebastian Coe with torchbearer Michael Meyerstein ahead of the Olympics

County sports groups are being given the chance to apply for funding and be part of the Olympic legacy.

Responding to the legacy pledge made by Sebastian Coe in Singapore in 2005, Sportivate is aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time, giving them the chance to find a sport they enjoy.

Sportivate is a £32million Lottery programme which gives 14 to 25-year-olds access to six-week courses in a range of sports, including volleyball, table tennis, show jumping and rugby.

New funding is available for local clubs to run further courses to attract young people to their sport.

To date more than 800 young people in Northamptonshire have taken up this opportunity and even more are expected in the forthcoming weeks as the excitement of the Olympics takes hold.

Northamptonshire Sport is working with local providers and sports clubs to help county youngsters to continue playing sport long after they have completed the course.

And there are still many opportunities to deliver a project, as a participant, volunteer or as a club.

If your club would be able to manage an influx of local people wanting to try your sport, Sportivate funding is now available for clubs to deliver additional sessions for 14 to 25-year-olds.

The funding available can help pay for coaches, equipment, venue costs, marketing or coach education.

Many clubs in the county have taken this opportunity and almost £40,000 has already been awarded to local clubs and organisations, including Kettering Rugby Club, Kettering Volleyball Club and Kettering Town Harriers Athletics Club, Wellingborough Rugby Club, Wellingborough Judo Club and Wellingborough Open Archery Club.

Sportivate will fund six sessions after which there must be an opportunity for participants to continue with the activity.

Northamptonshire Sport director Chris Holmes said: “Sportivate is a fantastic, exciting project that will provide a huge range of opportunities for young people to try some great sports.

“Alongside London 2012 we firmly believe this project will help inspire the next generation of people to get up, get out and get active.”

For further information or to apply for funding visit www.sportivate.net.

The deadline for applications is August 24.