£106k funding to help get people into sports

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A project to increase sport participation in a deprived area of Ashington has been given a cash boost.

Get into... @Hirst Welfare has been awarded £106,165 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to test out new methods of delivery to engage parents, women, young people and disabled individuals into regular sports participation in Ashington.

Health and fitness development manager at Hirst Welfare, Robert Story, said: “We are delighted with the grant award from Sport England as this will enable us to expand upon our existing activities and develop new programmes in 2014.

“Get Into...@Hirst Welfare is about giving new opportunities to all ages to get into sport and become more physically active.

“We have spoken to lots of people who already attend sessions at the centre and others who don’t to get their views, and have developed a programme with a range of activities which will be open to everyone of all ages and abilities.

“We will be launching the programme in January 2014.“

Projects like the one at Hirst Welfare that can get more people in deprived areas playing sport, are receiving help and support thanks to an additional £7.5m of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The fund was designed to meet much-needed demand by local authorities, charities and other organisations for investment into projects that will get more people playing sport.