We're delighted to announce that we've been awarded over £150,000 worth of funding over three years from Sport England and the #iwill fund. Over this period, we'll develop a project which will enable us to deliver our sport social action project to members across the Region aged 10 - 18.
This new project, led by the new Sports Development Worker and the Sports Project Adviser will provide our Region's younger members with essential training to develop their leadership skills, whilst supporting their local community and various sports organisations.
Currently 4 in 10 young people get involved in activities that make a positive difference. However, research indicates many more have an appetite to be involved but cite a lack information and opportunities as key barriers.
Sport attracts many young people and can provide a springboard to social action. Just over half of young people say they prefer sport to any other volunteering pastimes. The Sport England Potentials Fund aims to unlock the potential that young people have whilst also developing the skills and experience they need for their own future.
Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received funding for this exciting new project. We know that it will benefit so many of our younger members, giving them crucial skills and enabling them to make a positive change to their communities. We would like to thank Sport England, the #iwill fund and the National Lottery for supporting this social action project.”
Phil Smith, Sport England’s Director of Sport, said: "Through social action young people can help others get active and benefit themselves in lots of ways; social action can do wonders for job and career prospects, mental health and making friends. That’s why volunteering and social action is a key part of Sport England’s new strategy, Towards an Active Nation. We’re delighted to be helping Girlguiding North West England enable more young people to be the catalysts for change in their neighbourhood.