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Sportivate funding window now open

08:00 23 December 2014

Funding for Sportivate is now open (pic: Essex FA).

Funding for Sportivate is now open (pic: Essex FA).

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Cash available to attract 11 to 25-year-olds into sport

Essex clubs, educational establishments and not-for-profit organisations representing 11 to 25-year-olds have until Friday January 16 to apply to Active Essex for ‘Sportivate’ funding.

The funding is part of a London 2012 legacy project which gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.

Sportivate is a £56 million initiative providing children and young adults with access to six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching.

Participants can work towards an event or personal challenge and, when the free or low-cost coaching has finished, they’ll be supported to continue playing sport.

This window is for activities running between April and September 2015.

Initially a four-year programme launched in June 2011, the success of Sportivate meant it has since benefitted from additional funding to allow it to run until March 2017.

From September 2013, Sportivate extended its age group so 11 to 13-year-olds can also be included.

The programme is inclusive and targets a variety of young people, including those who have a disability and people from black and minority ethnic groups.

Sportivate is delivered nationally by Sport England and in, Outer Essex, by Active Essex. Submissions are currently being sought and new guidance notes and an application form are available online.

These provide much greater depth of detail on the programme. The deadline for applications to be received by Active Essex is January 17.

Previous applicants should note that the participant criteria has changed and Sport England will now be using Sportivate to target ‘inactive’ rather than ‘semi-sporty’ individuals, particularly those of 17-25 years of age.

Inactive individuals are identified as those who do not take part in sport or physical activity every week. The overall key criteria to apply are:

• participants must be 11-25 years old;

• participants between 11-16 will only be considered where there is a clear opportunity and a strong connection to continued community-based activity (i.e. outside of school);

• participants should currently have a low engagement with sport or physical activity (i.e. less than four times per month).

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