Funding for new sports initiative in Coventry

£215,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England

Funding for new sports initiative Coventry City Council is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £215,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

The Council and its partners, Coventry Sports Foundation, Sky Blues in the Community and Positive Youth Foundation are among 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of national funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

The #Ucan project aims to encourage more people in Foleshill to take part in and enjoy sport. The #Ucan team will be running a range of sporting activities and events over the next three years, with activities planned for a variety of age groups from 14 + (including adults).

Activities include badminton, football, cricket, dance, and exercise classes delivered in the heart of Foleshill for the local community. The team will also work with people in the community to deliver the activities they want to take part in or have a go at.

The #Ucan project will offer a range of high quality sporting activities targeting people who have not, or do not currently participate. There will be a special focus on14-19 year-olds, those aged 40+ and females. The project partners will also support existing groups and coaches to enable them to encourage increased numbers of people to enjoy sporting opportunities.

Councillor Abdul Khan, cabinet member culture, leisure, sports, events and parks said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund. It will allow us to develop a number of new opportunities to encourage local people to get fit and try something new. We know that people who take part in sport live longer and lead generally healthier lives than those that don’t do any sport or exercise. So by taking sporting opportunities in to the heart of communities we will ensure we make it as easy as possible for people to try a new sport. We couldn’t have done this without this extra cash – so it really is great news."

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