Funding available to support sport for young people
The second year of an exciting Olympic-inspired programme to get more young people more active has been launched by the Cornwall Sports Partnership.
The County Sports Partnership last week announced that year two of the Sportivate programme is now up and running and they are currently looking to invest in organisations and clubs that can deliver sports sessions for young people.
As part of the Places People Play mass participation legacy programme, Sportivate has been developed nationally by Sport England to give 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice.
To be run for four years, it will see 300,000 teenagers and young adults across England completing sports courses with £32 million of Lottery funding aimed at getting those who aren't currently playing sport in their own time to get out and give sport a go.
The Cornwall Sports Partnership is leading on the programme locally which will target 3,500 14 to 25 year olds and invest £300,000 in sport in Cornwall over the four years; they will work with and financially support local providers and sports clubs to help young people start playing a new sport and then continue long after they have completed their initial six to eight week courses.
The programme was launched earlier this year and has seen a number of funded projects successfully set up to support local youngsters try something new and subsequently continue to enjoy playing. Two of the greatest success stories are 'Sportivate Gymivate' at a number of Cornish leisure centres and 'Sportivate Touches Down' at the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth.
James Clarke, Senior Development Officer with Cornwall Council Leisure, comments: "The Sportivate Gymivate project has been a real success and has seen over 200 young people access our facilities across the county.
"We know from the data we collected, that the majority of the young people on the project were not previous users of the leisure facilities and many stated they had done very little physical activity in the previous four weeks to registering. We hope that the young people who have accessed the Gymivate project will continue to use the facilities or take part in other physical activities."
Jamie Tresidder, Sports Development Officer at the Dracaena Centre, comments: "Sportivate has proven to be a huge success at The Dracaena Centre in Falmouth with over 75 16-25 year olds from the local community in a number of different activities. It has provided the participants with access to these sports in a recreational and casual environment where they have been able to gain the confidence and skills to develop and sustain participation.
"Through the success of Sportivate and the enthusiasm it has given the participants, we are now developing both an American Football and Ladies Football team to be based at The Dracaena Centre who are now actively looking for friendly fixtures. The Badminton and Men's Football sessions will continue through the winter where participants have the option to keep their engagement casual or can join other local clubs in the area.
"Thank you to The CSP, the coaches and all the participants for making Sportivate such a massive success here at Dracaena!"
Explaining how positive Sportivate is for Cornwall, Tim Marrion, Partnership Services Manager for the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "To get this investment into Cornwall is huge because we have massive rural barriers to participation. Having this kind of investment means we can break down some of those barriers, whether it may be travel or access to facilities, and make sure we can deliver what we call 'doorstep sport' giving young people the opportunity to become more active."
If you are an organisation or sports club that could offer a suitable project to encourage 14 to 25 year olds to be more active, you may be eligible to receive Sportivate funding. Please click here for further details!