Sport England Announce Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Sport England want to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. If you would be interested in applying for this funding, you can find out full details on the Sport England website.

Physical Activity Digital Marketing Hub

CIMPSA and Sport England are launching a new ‘Digital Marketing Hub’ on September 14th, with a wealth of on demand content including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs.

CIMPSA and Sport England have developed a ‘Digital Marketing Hub’, a new resource to help sports clubs, groups and larger organisations use digital marketing to encourage more people to be physically active. It contains a wealth of resources including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs. All of the content is on-demand, meaning participants can curate their own training, scheduling and focus on the areas most valuable to them. The Hub will launch on September 14th with a webinar hosted by BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. Full details can be found here.

Walking Football Programme – Final Round of Funding Now Available

We are delighted to announce that applications for the final round of grant funding for our Walking Football Programme are now open.

We are delighted to launch the second and final round of funding for The Age UK Walking Football Programme, in partnership with the Football Association and Sport England, with 42 grants of £2,500 funded by the Football Association and 19 grants of up to £10,000 funded by Sport England now available. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021. Read on for further details, or access the grant application form, guidance and budget documents on The Loop here.

Walking football is a slower version of the game and has become increasingly popular in recent years, designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness levels or experience of playing the game.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in older people’s physical activity levels which has preceded to a reduction in one’s ability to do day-to-day activities, joint and muscle pain, and had a negative impact on mental health. It is essential that we support older people to regain their confidence, restore fitness, and improve their mental well-being; walking football is a great opportunity to do that in a way that is safe, fun and inclusive way for older people.

Grassroots football returned in April 2021 which allowed us to re-launch the programme with 24 local Age UKs setting up 42 new walking football groups that began delivery this Summer. All groups followed FA and Government guidance as the Nation followed the steps in the COVID-19 Roadmap. We want to reassure all partners that the delivery of this programme has the health and safety of older people at the forefront of all delivery. With all restrictions now eased, we hope that older people will continue to be encouraged to take part in physical activities as has been shown already in our early walking football sessions.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from local Age UKs in England; whether you want to start up new sessions in your area or already have existing walking football sessions and want to create new groups to expand provision.

Next steps

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. We’ve already received a number of ‘expressions of interest’ from local partners since the programme was launched, and we look forward to receiving applications for funding about this opportunity. If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk.

Upcoming Webinar

We are hosting a webinar on Thursday 2nd September 2021 for you to come along and find out more about The Age UK Walking Football Programme, we will be giving an overview of the programme and answering any questions you may have ahead of applying for funding. Please access the webinar by using this Microsoft Teams Link.

Useful Links:

Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

Funding for Age UK’s Walking Football Programme Now Available

We are delighted to announce that applications for grant funding for our new Walking Football Programme are now open.

We are delighted to relaunch our new Walking Football Programme, in partnership with the Football Association and Sport England, with applications for grant funding now open. Walking football is a slower version of the game and has become increasingly popular in recent years, designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness levels or experience of playing the game. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 16th February 2021 and the grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in older people’s physical activity levels which has led to a reduction in one’s ability to do day-to-day activities, joint and muscle pain, and had a negative impact on mental health. It is essential that we support older people to regain their confidence, restore fitness, and improve their mental well-being; walking football is a great opportunity to do that in a way that is safe, fun and inclusive way for older people.

Grassroots football is currently suspended, and the timing of our funding opportunity may be a concern to local partners amidst the current circumstances regarding COVID-19. We want to reassure all partners that the delivery of this programme will comply with the latest Government guidance and the Football Association’s advice on ‘returning to play’ for COVID-19, with the health and safety of older people always remaining the first priority. More information about the programme’s timings are contained within the ‘Overview Document’ linked below, but as delivery of walking football sessions is not be expected to start until May/June 2021, we feel that now is a good opportunity to begin planning on how to support older people to be more active again. That being said, the timescales we’ve provided are indicative, and we will take a flexible approach to starting delivery as necessary. If you have any questions or concerns about this then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from Local Age UKs in England; whether you want to start up new sessions in your area or already have existing walking football sessions and want to create new groups to expand provision.

Next Steps:

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. We’ve already received a number of excited ‘expressions of interest’ from local partners, and we look forward to receiving applications for funding about this opportunity.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 16th February 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk

Useful Links:

See some of the excellent work local partners are already doing with walking football sessions across the network

See Tony’s story as part of the ‘We are Undefeatable’ national campaign

Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

Grant funding to tackle inequalities in sport and physical activity

Versus Arthritis and Sport England are working together to distribute grants from their ‘Tackling Inequalities’ fund. Find out more here.

Versus Arthritis has teamed up with Sport England to help distribute grants from their ‘Tackling Inequalities’ fund. The fund’s purpose is to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity through increasing availability of exercise opportunities in local communities within England.  Funding is being targeted to help support people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups.   

Organisations can apply for up to £10,000 to support and encourage local sport and physical activity projects with these audiences.  As well as supporting specific activities to increase availability of exercise opportunities in local communities, this fund will also support organisations and groups facing financial hardship due to the COVID crisis, with a view of enabling delivery of sport and physical activity work in the future.

Click here to find out more!

PLEASE NOTE.  The Tackling Inequalities fund is also being managed by your local Active Partnership.  If you have an existing relationship with your local Active Partnership then you are encouraged to seek funding through this relationship

The grant can be used to fund any of the following.  If you have other ideas which aren’t on this list, Versus Arthritis encourage you to get in touch to see if it’s something that can be considered:

  • Equipment
  • Live streaming platform licences
  • Instructor/coach/deliverer costs
  • Training/deliver costs
  • Transport costs
  • Volunteer costs or expenses
  • Venue hire

All grant funding managed by Versus Arthritis is expected to be allocated by the end of October so applications will need to be made as soon as possible.

To discuss your idea further please contact Ashleigh Ahlquist or Aanchal Clare at Versus Arthritis physicalactivityVA@versusarthritis.org.

More information on who can apply and what the funding can cover is available here .