Sports groups’ £50,000 Olympic legacy boost

Laura Fearn and Cameron Hall, front, with fellow members of the Sunderland Gateway Activity Centre celebrating their new status and funding boost.

Laura Fearn and Cameron Hall, front, with fellow members of the Sunderland Gateway Activity Centre celebrating their new status and funding boost.

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NORTH East community groups have benefited from more than £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding.

Charity Sported has been helping organisations which use sport to change the lives of 11 to 25-year-olds from disadvantaged communities, since August 2011.

They have included Sunderland Gateway/We’ar Mencap, which received £2,000 towards the development of an extreme sports and training programme for young disabled people.

The programme allows young people to try new activities and to gain Sports Leaders UK and accreditation to become leaders to support their peers.

Times Inn Football Club in Seaburn was awarded £1,400 for start-up costs and equipment.

The project works with young men to provide football and information sessions on a range of issues, from drugs and alcohol, sexual health through to crime and antisocial behaviour.

The club aims to improve access to information, services and positive peer support.

Sported regional manager Sandra Hillyard said: “We are seeing some great projects here in the North East, but the real impact is that on the young people.

“There are great examples of young people who engage with projects like Hat Trick, gain skills and qualifications and then become community role models, rather than follow the paths of others who maybe engaging in less positive activities.”

The grants scheme is open to organisations with a turnover of under £50,000 who require up to £2,000 to support sustainable projects to start, increase in size or development of activities, or to develop evidence to approach larger funders through pilot schemes.

The national charity also wants to encourage any sports projects working with young people from disadvantaged communities in the North East to consider becoming a Sported member – which is free – and applying for funding, or benefiting from other free support.

This includes online development guides, from business planning to PR, an experts team, an insurance offer, mentoring support and a grants scheme.

To apply for a small grant in time for next month’s panel, visit www.sported.org.uk and follow the get involved links.

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