Tempus Leisure wins £39,828 of Sport Englands Lottery money to increase local sports participation
Tempus Leisure which manages 15 Leisure Facilities on behalf of Cornwall Council has won £39,828 of Sport England Lottery money to fund the Mines a Swim/Gym project.
The Mines a Swim/Gym project has been designed to target inactive people aged 50 and over, in rurally deprived communities in Cornwall. The project aims to address barriers associated with taking part in sport including cost, transport and self-confidence. It will offer a variety of water based activities, including swimming and surfing, alongside gym activities to get the target group more active.
The funding is part of a three-year £2 million project, called 'Make Your Move', which aims to increase opportunities to participate in sport at a local level in innovative and creative ways. The Sport England National Lottery Funding is being distributed by Sporta, the representative body for leisure and cultural trusts in the UK. Leisure trusts are able to apply for up to £50,000 and in the first round 13 different projects throughout the UK are being supported.
Leisure trusts are non-profit distributing organisations, which means that all profits are ploughed back into facilities and services for the local community. Sporta's members operate 30 per cent of public leisure facilities across the UK, attracting more than 230 million customer visits each year.
Brian Leonard, Sporta's CEO said: "The 'Make Your Move' campaign is about increasing participation in sport at a local level. By funding projects designed by local trusts and created specifically for local people, the 'Make Your Move' campaign can make a real difference to local people. This, in turn, offers true benefits to these trusts' local communities."
James Clarke, Research and Development Manager for Tempus Leisure commented: "The funding that we have received from Sport England via Sporta's 'Make Your Move' campaign is essential to secure sports' participation for our local community. It will allow us to offer enhanced services to local people, further developing participation in sports in this area."
Sport England's Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: "This campaign is focused on supporting leisure trusts to engage more people in sports' participation within their community. The 13 projects which are being funded in the first year of the campaign have clearly demonstrated their enthusiasm to create projects that directly benefit their local communities and the drive to bring their projects to fruition."
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