New £40m fund to get families active

More than 15,000 families, across 22 projects around the country, could benefit from first allocation of funding

23 May 2018 Funding News

Families enjoying exercising together

Families living in refuge having suffered domestic abuse will be just some of the potential 15,000 families who will benefit from a £40 million investment from Sport England.

The National Lottery fund has been allocated by us to 22 projects around the country whose aim it is to bring families closer together through sport and physical activity.

Manchester’s The Pankhurst Trust provides an empowering and safe space for women and families who have been victims of domestic violence.

Some of the people they work with now live in refuges and they will be among the 700-plus families that will benefit from a grant of £441,929.

It is about doing something together, which is therapeutic and healing and good for your health generally

Elaine DeFries, The Pankhurst Trust

With four out of five primary school children not getting enough exercise and research showing that active parents can be positive role models, The Pankhurst Trust’s Elaine DeFries knows the money will make a real difference.

“Some of our families’ experiences have been negative – for many reasons,” said the director of operations. “Some around domestic violence and sometimes because of the mental health issues that ensue because of that abuse.

“So, this will be a positive thing for the whole family to be involved in. It will strengthen family bonds, it will strengthen parent-child bonds and between siblings.

“It is about doing something together, which is therapeutic and healing and good for your health generally.”

15,000 Number of families potentially supported by the fund

The 22 projects we support will focus on helping families who are either on a low income, or have low levels of education or employment.

Parents and family members who are active themselves, and enjoy it, can encourage positive feelings about exercise and its value in their children.

Yet many parents lack the skills or confidence to take part in sport with their children as they fear they cannot keep up.

“This project will help them embed in communities. It will help them with cohesion. It will help the wellbeing of the whole family, the children and the parents,” added Elaine.

“There will be core families in refuge that we will work with really intensely because their needs are higher.

“They have had disrupted lives and have suffered, generally, the worst types of domestic abuse. But we’ve got lots and lots of other families in the community that we work with as a domestic abuse service. And they’ll all benefit as well.”

The Pankhurst Trust will provide intensive support to families, in order to shape their own sport and activity experiences.

They will also provide access passes, travel, subsistence and incentives for completing a course of activity.

Just by seeing their parents being active, children can be inspired to do the same, and if they have an enjoyable experience they’re far more likely to continue as an adult

Jayne Molyneux - Sport England Director of Children and Young People

Each of the funded projects will tailor their work to the needs of those that they are helping, with, for example, Cambridgeshire County Council putting on an activity roadshow to enable low income families to try suitable sports, while Havant and East Hants Mind will provide an initial eight weeks of semi-structured free play to groups with low levels of mental wellbeing.

And our Director of Children and Young People, Jayne Molyneux, hopes each specific action plan will see an increase in physical activity among young children.

“It’s not right that four in five children don’t get enough exercise and are missing out on the health benefits it brings,” she said.

“Just by seeing their parents being active, children can be inspired to do the same, and if they have an enjoyable experience they’re far more likely to continue as an adult.

“Parents have many demands on their time, and often lack the confidence to get active with their children. With this £40 million of National Lottery funding we hope to make getting active with your children an easy choice for thousands of families across the country.”

The 22 funded projects

Asian Sports Foundation

Who will benefit: Families with low levels of mental wellbeing who find it hard to access to sport and physical activity will be provided with an initial eight weeks of semi-structured free play. Over a maximum of nine months, families will also be supported to access mainstream activity such as walking, running, football, swimming etc.

Expected number of families: 484

Award: £323,556

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Who will benefit: Families who would struggle to engage independently in sport and activity, will be supported by outreach workers will deliver family activity sessions.

Expected number of families: 450

Award: £215,282

Bury Sport & Physical Activity Service

Who will benefit: A family development officer will work closely with low income families to identify their individual barriers and challenges to participation, and develop an individual offer. Elements of the project include expansion of the Bury’d Treasure programme, family cycling, and organised family sport and physical activities.

Expected number of families: 800

Award: £244,256

Cambridgeshire County Council

Who will benefit: An activity roadshow will enable low income families to try out suitable sports activities. Roadshow Activators will signpost participants to other opportunities; with an online directory, maps and digital content of free ideas and information about family outdoor play and physical activity options.

Expected number of families: 537

Award: £325,000

Cherwell District Council

Who will benefit: A Family Activator will make links between low income families and activities, providing sociable opportunities for families to take part in outdoor and indoor experiences.

Expected number of families: 416

Award: £215,500

Hestia Housing and Support

Who will benefit: Outreach sessions will be provided in the community where staff will accompany families taking part in activities, to provide reassurance and encourage feelings of capability amongst mothers and carers and increase mental wellbeing.

Expected number of families: 660

Award: £375,330

Hartlepool Borough Council

Who will benefit: Low income families will take part in a programme that encourages them to spend more time together during evenings and weekends, using physical activity and play as the focal point.

Expected number of families: 350

Award: £280,620

Havant and East Hants Mind

Who will benefit: Families with low levels of mental wellbeing who find it hard to access to sport and physical activity will be provided with an initial eight weeks of semi-structured free play. Over a maximum of nine months, families will also be supported to access mainstream activity such as walking, running, football, swimming etc.

Expected number of families: 484

Award: £323,556

Leicestershire County Council

Who will benefit: Families in the Supporting Leicestershire Families Partnership programme will be offered peer mentoring by volunteers from the Home-Start programme, who will work with them to develop a bespoke family physical activity plan.

Expected number of families: 335

Award: £442,793

Little Miracles Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Who will benefit: Activity sessions will be offered to children with additional needs and their parents/carers, to improve their balance, strength, endurance and co-ordination. Coaches will teach exercises and games that they can complete at home. The child will progress from low impact activities in small groups, to mainstream activities, such as football, dance, yoga, seated basketball and rounders. Family activity days, cycling tuition and holiday clubs will also be offered.

Expected number of families: 1,500

Award: £120,275

London Tigers

Who will benefit: Families from Bangladeshi, Pakistan, Indian, Afghani, Sri Lankan, Somali, Kurdish, North African and Arabic speaking cultures who will take part in activities in the community in parks, pitches, schools, and other local spaces.

Expected number of families: 1,400

Award: £471,099

Midland Mencap

Who will benefit: The project will be based at Midland Mencap’s Outdoor Learning Centre in Sutton Park for children with special educational needs, which offers activities such as sailing, kayaking, climbing, walks, foot golf and swimming. Pathways will be created within the park with a range of cycling routes for families and a fleet of bikes will be provided.

Expected number of families: 300

Award: £343,465

Midland Psychology

Who will benefit: Children with autism and their families will be supported by a key worker who will work with them to tailor a programme of physical activities suited to their needs.

Expected number of families: 200

Award: £315,000

Oasis Children's Venture

Who will benefit: Low income and black and ethnic minority families will take part in fun and informal activities free of charge. The activities will be agreed in consultation with the families. Trips to local sporting venues, and a reward scheme will be offered to recognise family achievements.

Expected number of families: 250

Award: £404,516

The Pankhurst Trust

Who will benefit: Families will receive intensive support to shape their own sport and activity experiences. Access passes, travel, subsistence and incentives for completion of activity will be provided.

Expected number of families: 720

Award: £441,929

Parental Engagement Network

Who will benefit: This project will help a number of groups, including black and minority ethnic families, girls and women and overweight children. Parents from local schools will be trained to become Family Activity Champions. Each term the Champions will recruit families to take part in after-school activities including Zumba, treasure trails, Bollywood dance, badminton and swimming.

Expected number of families: 2,100

Award: £314,728

Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Who will benefit: Low income families whose children attend the school and families from the local community will be offered water-based activities will include swimming, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and surfing.

Expected number of families: 125

Award: £199,209

Redditch Borough Council

Who will benefit: Low income families will be offered evening activities, especially non-traditional sports with an emphasis on play. Parents and members of the community will be trained and given volunteering experience so they can move into leadership roles and upskill the wider community.

Expected number of families: 300

Award: £57,950

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Who will benefit: Low income families will take part in semi-structured ‘pay and play’ activities including dance, yoga, swimming, beginner’s martial arts, cycling, walking, basketball and play.

Expected number of families: 750

Award: £271,911

SMILE Through Sport CIC

Who will benefit: Families who have a member with a disability, will be given support to increase their skills and confidence to lead their own physical activities. Family fun days and challenges will take place, and an equipment library will be established.

Expected number of families: 1,445

Award: £173,835

Womenzone Community Centre

Who will benefit: Black and minority ethnic families who are on a low income will be offered taster sessions delivered by sport activators along with bilingual neighbourhood volunteers. Incentives will be used such as free swim sessions and certificates, and for older siblings to become volunteer champions.

Expected number of families: 640

Award: £318,210

Young Brent Foundation

Who will benefit: Single parent families will enjoy a ‘FunFit Families reward game’ which will provide 100 simple low-cost activities to do as a family throughout the week. Sports equipment will be loaned to families.

Expected number of families: 1,350

Award: £402,385