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Major grant will help support grassroot sports

Sport England �240,000 cheque presentation at Blyth Sports Centre (left to right-back two) Ian Thurlbeck-Local Government Relationship Manager-Sport England, MP Ronnie Campbell and Nathan Rogerson-Leisure Development Manager.
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Sport England �240,000 cheque presentation at Blyth Sports Centre (left to right-back two) Ian Thurlbeck-Local Government Relationship Manager-Sport England, MP Ronnie Campbell and Nathan Rogerson-Leisure Development Manager. REF 1908144852

More young people will be able to get into sport thanks to funding of almost £240,000.

Active Northumberland is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15m to support grassroots sport activity across the country, having received £239,785 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

The project will deliver a range of sports activities targeting inactive groups living in some of the most deprived areas of Blyth, Cramlington and Newbiggin.

The project was set up in response to a need for more sports activities for 14 to 24-year-olds.

Susan Dungworth, chairwoman of Active Northumberland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund.

“We offer a selection of exciting non-traditional sports and physical activities as a way for young people to get into sport and get them coming back for more.”

The Community Sport Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects that will get more people playing sport.

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community Sport, said: “It’s great to be working with innovative projects like Active Communities to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.

“The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference.

“I’m particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”

Blyth Valley MP, Ronnie Campbell, added: “This investment is fantastic news. There has always been a strong sporting tradition in the area and this money is an investment in the future.”

 

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