Sports clubs in England can now access up to £10,000 from Sport England’s Places and Spaces fund
Launched in November 2021, the Sport England Places and Spaces fund was initially intended to help sports clubs in the West Midlands create, improve or redevelop their facilities with funding of up to £10,000 as part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
Now the fund, totaling £7million, is being rolled out nationwide with the aim of helping sports clubs bring people together and keep their communities physically active.
To receive the funding, clubs and other physical activity organizations must run a crowdfunding campaign on the Crowdfunder platform and meet certain criteria. Eligible organizations include:
- Local sports clubs
- Charitable, community, voluntary and social enterprise organizations that provide sports and/or physical activities in their community, including organizations that are not solely or primarily sports organizations
- Municipal or parish councils carrying out activities within their community
- Educational institutions that provide access to their entire community
Rob Love, CEO of Crowdfunder, said: “Sport England’s Places and Spaces fund has seen some fantastic projects to improve and redevelop sporting facilities for the benefit of their community as part of Birmingham 2022. The organizations that have crowdfunded have not only raised enough to make their plans a reality. ideas, but have expressed many other benefits as a result of their crowdfunding campaigns: new members, to new sponsorship partnerships, to better connections within the community.
“This fund was initially available to the West Midlands and we are now very pleased to be able to support more projects across England!”
Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said: “Birmingham 2022 should be used as a catalyst to help communities across the country get active, connected and having fun.
“By making our Places & Spaces fund available nationwide and focusing on areas that need it most, we are enabling organizations to provide shiny new facilities in their area to help address inequality and enable it is up to everyone to become active in exceptional environments.”
The Nuneaton Lawn Tennis Club has received £7,000 in funding from the initiative, enabling their club to replace two artificial grass tennis courts and create a viable space to attract new members and keep their community active. They had a range of great rewards including quiz night tickets, vouchers for local businesses, club items and memberships.
On their project page, they said: “Naturally, we are improving the health and well-being of all our members, implementing a broad social and physical calendar. This money will be a catalyst for change at our club, providing brand new first class tennis courts in all weathers.