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Mayor announces further funding for community sports participation

6 December 2010

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced £2.4m funding for 18 projects across the capital to help increase participation in sport and physical activity amongst Londoners. 

This brings to £5.4m the total awarded by the Mayor for improving sports facilities and participation throughout the capital, from his ring-fenced total budget of £15.5m from his Olympic Sports Legacy Programme. The aim is that these 18 projects will engage up to 200,000 Londoners of all ages over the next two years. In some cases, the projects will also use sport in innovative ways to tackle issues such as youth crime and social exclusion, thereby helping to deliver some of the key objectives of the Mayor’s Time for Action strategy.

One of the projects which will benefit from this funding includes the Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, which uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to unlock the potential of young people from communities that suffer from crime and violence.

Today the Mayor visited Waltham Forest track, where one of the 18 projects to receive funding, the RUN! programme, is based.  RUN! is a London-wide project which aims to spark a surge in athletics participation by all communities.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said:

‘Sport brings huge health and social benefits to individuals, communities and this city. This is why I am continuing to do my bit to ensure we maximise the potential of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to increase participation in sports across London.

‘Through my legacy programme you can sign up to receive training as a sports coach or volunteer, you can apply for funding for new sports facilities, and we are today launching a range of exciting and innovative sports programmes for Londoners of all ages. Now really is the time to get involved, get off the sofa, get active and become part of London’s Olympic sporting legacy!’

Kate Hoey, The Mayor's Sports Commissioner, said:

‘Both the Mayor and I believe strongly in the value of sport to individuals and to society; and the projects we are announcing today all have the potential to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. In selecting these projects to support, we considered over a hundred applications and it was inspiring to see the huge amount of great work going on across this city’.

Other projects which will receive funding include The Panathlon Foundation Ltd which provides a programme of coaching and competitive sport for seriously disabled children and young people in special schools, the London Jewish Forum for a programme of sports initiatives for the orthodox Haredi community which traditionally has amongst the lowest rates of participation in sports and Access Sport which will set up 50 sports clubs in the Olympic Boroughs, including 5 BMX clubs, and aims to make direct use of Olympic venues.


Notes to Editors 

1. A Sporting Future for London' sets out the Mayor's plans to increase physical activity and sporting participation across the capital as a long lasting legacy arising from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More information about the Mayor's priorities for sport can be found at:

2. There are three main funding streams through which this funding is being distributed:

  • Facilities Fund -  £7m committed overall.

Awards of £1.2 million from first bidding round (impact: 10,000 new users/week from 12 facilities invested). 
Round Two is now open for applications with awards due January 2011.

  • Skills Fund - £3m committed.

1,000 training placements already been delivered, training Londoners to be sports coaches, officials and volunteers. Funding available on an ongoing basis.

  • Sports Participation Fund (which is what today’s announcement is about) - £4m committed

Fund on target to deliver. First awards £2.4m to 18 projects being announced today. Impact: Up to 200,000 beneficiaries).

Next round due to open in Spring 2011.

3. The Mayor was at Waltham Forest Track because Waltham Forest is one of the focal boroughs for RUN! , a large-scale London-wide community athletics programme, which is one of the 18 funded projects.  The RUN! programme is being led by England Athletics (the national governing body) and aims to spark a surge in participation in athletics amongst Londoners. This will be achieved by placing activators in 12 target boroughs, whose specific job is to go out into communities and engage people in their own environments. A number of innovative methods – including portable running tracks – will be used. Alongside this engagement activity, new clubs will be developed to accommodate new participants who wish to continue in the sport.

4. The following 18 projects for which funding is being announced today (Monday 6 December).

Applicant Organisation

Project Name


Project Description

Access Sport

Olympic Borough Club Legacy Project


Costs towards setting up 50 ‘new model’ (volunteer-led, open access) sports clubs in the Olympic Boroughs, inc. 5 BMX clubs with permanent facilities.
Will provide capacity-building, and start up equipment, club development support, & networking & ‘energiser’ events to stimulate demand for membership.
Long term aim is to make direct use of Olympic venues.

Active Communities Network

Sport for Social Change Networks


Programme to embed six ‘Sport for Social Change Networks’ across London. This means: providing outreach programmes to the community; estate- / community-based participation programmes; structured coaching sessions; competitive opportunities  at hub sites; development of community clubs; provision of volunteering, mentoring, education and training opportunities.

All Star’s Boxing Club

From Exclusion to Inclusion


Expansion of existing opportunities at the All Stars Youth Club: offering free boxing, martial arts and keep fit coaching to disadvantaged young people.
ASA affiliated club which provides sport as a diversion from criminal and violent street culture.

City of London Corporation

City of Sport


Scheme for lower paid people working in the City of London to access subsidised sporting activities and events. Access through new online ‘City of Sport Calendar’. Activities include: netball, table tennis, power walking, dance, boxing, cycling, urban gym, British Military Fitness, golf and ‘Come Play’

Cricket for Change

Hit the Top


Training teachers and providing equipment to schools so that they can deliver cricket in the school setting and after school.
Providing 6-week introductory cricket programmes for disabled young people. To include: free weekly coaching sessions (1.5hrs) all year round.
Establishing 16 new cricket clubs for young people with disabilities.
Establishment of London-wide inter-club competition network for the clubs.

England Athletics



Inner-city athletics programme to provide access events on housing estates, car parks and shopping centres, as well as to establish new athletics clubs. Funding is for the appointment of 12 activators in targeted areas where inactivity is high to drive participation to the access events and new clubs.

Federation of London Youth Clubs

Getting Ready for the Games and Beyond


Building long term capacity in community youth settings: providing equipment, coaching training, and coaching packs to youth clubs to raise sports participation in those settings.
Staged approach – taster sessions, 6-10 week development programmes, and opportunity to compete in regional & national competitions.
10 sports, 60 community settings, in partnership with18 NGBs.

Fight for Peace

Fight for Peace Academy


Using sport as a hook, the Academy offers education and employability support to disengaged young people, providing practical alternatives to crime and violence.

Fitness Industry Association

Shift Into Sport


Programme that secures discounted rates at sports centres for shift workers who wish to use them at off-peak hours.

London Jewish Forum

Jewish Committee for the London Games: Enable Project


Programme aimed at introducing community sports initiatives into the Haredi orthodox community in London –; and also one with amongst the lowest rates of participation

Panathlon Foundation

Panathlon Challenge


Programme of coaching and competitive sport for seriously disabled children and young people in special schools. Includes training courses for coaches. Aim is to increase coverage to 32 boroughs.


London Parkrun


Free weekly 5k runs in parks across London – in every borough by 2012. Already 13 parkruns in operation, our funding would be used to establish up to another 23.
Participants have their times recorded and they are viewable online. Online communities will also allow leagues/competitions etc to be set up.

Pro-Active Central London



Programme uses street dance to engage and empower 14-24 year old girls/women. Engagement days, targeting inactive girls, are followed with the opportunity for 14 weeks coaching, culminating in a competition. At various stages there are training opportunities available for participants and talented individuals are identified and shown into a bespoke summer school.

Reach & Teach Sports and Education

London School of Basketball


This will provide a complete programme of basketball provision – coaching, competitions, coach education, volunteer training etc. Out of this, the programme will form new community basketball clubs that will sustain participation. These clubs will play in new central venue leagues established by the programme.

Rugby Football Foundation



Rugby/other sports sessions in 15 high-crime areas around London; using parks and various local sports facilities. Programme delivered in partnership with police and other services in order to build trust and offer participants opportunities to take part in other social development activities.

Salmon Youth Centre

Salmon Fit and Active Community


A Southwark youth club to run additional sports sessions until 10pm every weekday as well as weekends and school holidays. Range of sports covered – from football to abseiling. Based in a deprived area, the club is well established community hub and engages a broad range of target groups already. Once engaged, club will promote community cohesion, volunteering and other life skills to participants.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation



Provision of sporting opportunity, mentoring and support for 16-19 year olds care leavers, with the intention of getting them into training, education and employment.

Westminster Boating Base

WBB Expansion


Funding will pay for instructors to deliver 2400 hours of additional kayaking/sailing lessons over 100 weeks, as well as a programme coordinator and new classroom equipment. Extra capacity would be focused on providing access to disadvantaged/disabled young people


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