Sports clubs in North Somerset enjoy extra investment

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 October 2015

Knightstone creating active communities

Knightstone creating active communities

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FUNDING for sport in North Somerset doubled in the last two years, according to information obtained from a Freedom of Information Request.

Sport England, which grants National Lottery money to organisations around the UK, confirmed almost £900,000 had been awarded since 2013, as opposed to less than £500,000 between 2009 and 2012.

The largest sum awarded went to North Somerset housing association Knightstone, who were given £167,450 for their ‘creating active communities’ campaign.

Knightstone, which provides services to more than 23,000 people in 11,000 homes, and builds around 300 homes a year, set up its three-year project to help budding sportsmen and women all of ages take part in sport.

Jane Edmonds, assistant director of individual and community empowerment at Knightstone, said “We’re striving to make a real difference to participation in sports and activities in Somerset, particularly among those who traditionally don’t take part in sport, lack the confidence to get physically active, or are socially isolated and unaware of available opportunities.”

In its first six months, the programme saw more than 1,000 people across Somerset taking part in activities ranging from walking football and basketball, kayaking and swimming, to boxing and climbing.

Renovations by Blagdon and Claverham cricket clubs were arecent aided by Sport England.

Claverham CC’s latest funding boost helped build a new entrance, renovated machinery store, umpires room, a new community room and improved toilet facilities.

Club secretary Peter Gendle told the Mercury in August: “Without this vital money we would not have been able to do any of this – funding for cricket clubs is not that great these days.

“With these new facilities we can look at using the club as more of a community facility.”

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