Sport for communities was a national project backed by £2 million from the Treasury and supported by DCMS. It awarded grants of up to £50,000 to community projects in deprived inner-city areas, working towards the government?s vision of increasing participation and employment opportunities in sport, and promoting social inclusion and community cohesion for ethnic minorities, migrant and refugee communities.
The significance of the need for funding was overwhelming. Sporting equals received applications totalling £11 million, from over 300 community groups, dispelling the myth that BAME communities are not willing to engage with government initiatives.
In total 50 projects were supported, and generated over £1million in match funding.
The initial choice of projects national spread and a reasonable size of grants ensuring good value for money. Projects were split between three key regions including, North, Midlands and London.
The main objectives of Sport for communities
Faith Centre Model
Sporting Equals are working with mosques, temples, gurdwaras, churches, synagogues across the country to try and access inactive communities and create models of engagement with work at a local level.
TENNIS SERVES PROJECT
Sporting Equals have been working in partnership with the Tennis Foundation to create opportunities locally enabling people to engage with tennis who would otherwise not access a club or local park to play tennis.
Sporting Equals host Active Sport Zones at the large cultural events throughout the country. The Active Sports Zones allow people to get engaged with sporting activities giving them an opportunity to try something new and connecting them up to local opportunities.
The Making Equals project aims to create greater integration by engaging young people from Asian and white British communities using the power of sport.
We encourage the sports sector to take action in light of new opportunities, changing demographics, utilising talent and attracting talented individuals from under-represented groups.
The Albion Foundation officially launched a new partnership with Sporting Equals, the national body which promotes ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity.