Sport scheme given £120,000 boost

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2014

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A HEALTH scheme aimed at getting young people off the sofa and onto a sports pitch has been given a £120,000 boost.

The Chequebook Sport scheme was designed by North Somerset Council to address an increasing number of inactive teens by getting them into sport.

The authority paid for the initiative using National Lottery cash, taken from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

North Somerset Council is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15million to support grass roots sport activity.

Weston, in particular, will benefit after being chosen as the focus for the council’s successful bid because participation in sport and physical activity is low in some town wards.

The authority will now use the cash injection to extend the programme, and wants to recruit new partner organisations aimed at encouraging those aged 14 and older to try a new sport.

The council’s sport manager Rebecca Stathers said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund.

“We are keen to hear from local sports providers in Weston that would like to work with us to encourage more local people into sport.”

The fund allows councils, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects which will get more people engaged in sport.

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community sport, said: “It’s great to be working with innovative projects like Chequebook Sport to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.

“The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I’m particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”

To find out how to get involved, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/chequebook

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