Council scoops Sport England Funding

Council awarded £57,000 from Sport England

Page last updated at 16 June 2017 at 13:17

Eastleigh Borough Council's Healthy Communities team have received a major boost, having been awarded over £57,000 from Sport England to continue to deliver a scheme aimed at increasing the number of adults across the borough regularly participating in sport or physical activity.

Due to the success of the current three-year Active Eastleigh Activation Programme,  Eastleigh was one of just a handful of projects across the country invited to apply for a 12 month project extension, and have recently been notified of their successful application.

In 2014, Eastleigh Borough Council successfully applied to Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund to deliver a three-year programme, with the aim of increasing the number of adults across the borough regularly participating in sport or physical activity. Through the Council’s SportWorks and HealthWorks initiatives, over 5,100 individuals have been engaged through programmes such as New Year New You, Summer of Sport and the Exercise Referral Programme.

The one-year extension beginning in August 2017, will enable a number of exciting new projects, including a range of parent and child taster activities to encourage families to get active together, rehabilitation walks for over 55’s with a long-term condition or recovering from long-term illness and injury, and a new ‘This Girl Can Eastleigh’ campaign.

SportWorks Project Manager, Harry Lee, said: “We are delighted that the success of the project to date has been recognised and rewarded, and we are really excited to have the opportunity to extend the programme for another year. We’re looking forward to encouraging more peopleto be healthy and active. I’d like to thank Sport England for their continued support, and also Places for People, VIVID and Macmillan Cancer Support for their partner contributions to the project.”

Cabinet Lead for Wellbeing, Cllr Alan Broadhurst, said: “The Active Eastleigh Activation programme has been a great success in helping to encourage more adults to become healthier and do more exercise. It’s fantastic news that we have received this extra funding and I look forward to another successful year.”