Get Berkshire Active on behalf of Sport England (SE) will administer the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF), with the first phase of funding already distributed and the second phase starting imminently. The TIF forms part of the Sport England’s £210 million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The results of the regular survey undertaken by Sport England revealed that certain groups were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.
In response to this research, the Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and help reduce the negative impact on activity levels in these under-represented groups, with a specific focus on:
- Lower socio-economic groups
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
- Disabled people
- People with long-term health conditions.Eligible organisations for funding include charities, CIC’s and community groups.Projects are expected to evidence a real ‘here and now’ requirement to support their chosen audience and the requirement must have arisen as a direct result of this community group or audience being adversely affected by COVID-19. Get Berkshire Active were initially given £50k to distribute (all this money goes to projects) and have more recently been awarded another £50k.
The list of organisations and activities, funded by the first round, include; RollaDome All Skate (Slough), 4 Motion Dance CIC (Windsor & Maidenhead), The Wayz (Bracknell), CLASP (Wokingham) and Utulivu (Reading).
Brett Nicholls, CEO of Get Berkshire Active, said: “Being physically active, getting fitter and reducing excess body weight is one of the best defences against many diseases including reducing the worst effects of Covid-19. However, the lockdown has badly affected many people’s ability to stay active. With this money from SE we are able to support those most in need in Berkshire”.
Esther Oenga from Utulivu, an organisation that works with women and children in Reading to promote healthy living and to integrate into the wider community, said: “As a group we welcome the good news of successful funding. We are grateful and look forward to making a difference in the community. ”