Sport England’s new Tackling Inequalities Fund aims to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels. Local Age UKs may be able to access funding through the Active Partnerships in your area.
Sport England has recently launched a new programme – the Tackling Inequalities Fund – to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels, and more broadly, the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity between different groups in society. Specifically, the programme is focused on physical activity inequalities for:
- Lower Socio-Economic Groups
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Disabled People
- People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC)
The 43 Active Partnerships operating at a local level across England have been selected by Sport England to work with and provide grants to local sports clubs, groups and other community organisations who can help to support people within these priority audience groups to be active.
Active Partnerships are strategic organisations who work collaboratively with local partners to create the conditions for an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. They recognise that activity levels are affected by a complex system of influences and no single organisation or programme can create sustainable change at scale. More information about them can be found here: www.activepartnerships.org/about-us
How to get involved
Sport England is keen to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on older peoples’ physical activity within the four priority audience groups and whether the local Age UK network is able to offer support to bolster physical activity levels.
We know that while local Age UKs are incredibly busy and remain focused on the emergency response to the pandemic, many are thinking about their physical activity services and how they can be delivered now, as well as in the longer term. So, we wanted to alert you to this opportunity to engage with your local Active Partnership and to explore what ideas there may be for physical activity and older people within the four priority groups in your area.
If this is of interest to you, then please contact your respective Active Partnership directly at www.activepartnerships.org/active-partnerships
The Active Partnerships have grants available (up to a maximum of £10,000) to support organisations with a reach to the four priority audiences. The types of activity for which you could seek funding from your Active Partnership include:
- Finding new ways of keeping the priority audience active
- Offering advice and training support
- Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies
We are aware that some Active Partnerships have already been proactively reaching out and connecting to their local Age UKs, which is really encouraging.
It would be great if you could let us know of any engagement you have with the Active Partnerships, and also if you are keen to do so but may have capacity issues at the moment, as Sport England will be able to ask your local Active Partnership to reach out and, wherever they can, to support you. Please contact Rebecca Hall, Programme Manager – email@example.com