Sportsmatch Opens for Business to Help Sport
Sport England is again encouraging clubs across England to see how they can benefit from the Sportsmatch programme.
Already this year, StreetGames has received £100,000 to match the investment it’s received from Coca-Cola GB to run a series of multi-sport festivals inspired by the London 2012 Games.
25,000 disadvantaged young people are expected to attend one of the 350 multi-sports events across the country, with every attendee getting the chance to try a different activity and join local clubs. The highlight will be the chance to attend one of 18 large participation festivals at top venues in major cities to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“The investment from Coca Cola GB and Sportsmatch is absolutely fantastic, and will enable StreetGames to bring alive the vision for a youth legacy from the 2012 Games,” said Jane Ashworth, StreetGames Chief Executive.
“Thousands of underprivileged young people will now get the chance to participate in a local Olympic style event with their friends – inspiring them to be sporty and active into their adult lives”.
This Sportsmatch programme brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts to deliver new projects that get people playing and enjoying sport.
“This funding is helping many more people get involved in grassroots sport and the StreetGames project is a great example of that,” said Richard Lewis, Sport England Chair.
“However, there is still plenty of opportunity for other sports clubs to benefit and I urge them to take advantage of this fund and apply. In these tough economical times it’s important we do all we can to ensure public funding gets right down to sport’s grassroots.”
Grants of between £1,000 up to £100,000 are currently available through Sportsmatch. For more information on the fund and guidance on gaining sponsorship, please visit the Sportsmatch section of our website or call our funding helpline on 08458 508 508.
For more information please visit: www.sportengland.org/funding/sportsmatch