Where people live and work plays a big part in the choices they make about the sport and physical activity they do. Sport England announced in their strategy that they will be funding 10 places to develop and implement local strategies for physical activity and sport. These will be pilots to learn lessons from and will particularly focus on addressing inactivity and working with under-represented groups.
In December 2016, Sport England will:
Invite expressions of interest to become one of our local delivery pilot projects. If you’re interested in helping the types of people who aren’t normally active by putting their needs first, then this is the fund for you.
The fund wants to support pilot projects in both urban and rural areas and in different parts of England. Sport England will be expecting expressions of interest to be from local consortia. You won't be asked to make a funding bid at this stage. Instead Sport England will want to get some basic details about the area you’re considering.
In January and February 2017, Sport England will hold a number of working sessions to help interested partners develop their ideas. That means by March 2017, they will be able to identify the three or four pilots which will go forward immediately and up to 10 which will require further development during 2017.
Discussions are currently taking place at a Chief Executive level regarding Lancashire making an application to this fund as a combined authority. Due to the fact this fund is designed to be delivered on a large scale and the fact the county is already looking at an application we would not recommend that anyone looks to apply to this fund.