Sports clubs across the county are being urged to bid for a slice of £80,000 to help get young people into sport.

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The money has been made available to organisations in Norfolk to work with 14 to 25 year olds through the Sportivate project.

Part of Sport England’s Olympic legacy programme, Sportivate is a nationwide campaign funded through the National Lottery that aims to capture the enjoyment of sport, providing the chance for teenagers and young adults who are not particularly sporty to participate in six weeks of coaching or lead sessions.

Funding is available to organisations to cover a variety of aspects of project delivery including venue hire, coach and volunteer costs.

Within the last three years, organisations such as Bluebird Deaf Water Ski and Wakeboard Club, the College of West Anglia, UK Dodgeball, Breckland District Council, OPEN Youth Trust and Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation have taken up the offer and received anything from £120 to more than £7,000 to deliver six week Sportivate courses.

As a result, new sports clubs have been formed, more young people are doing sport and there is an increased awareness of activities available.

Katie Tierney, sports development project officer for Active Norfolk, which delivers the scheme across the county, said: “We are delighted with the number of young people who are benefitting from Sportivate in Norfolk.

“Looking forward, we are really keen to ensure that the funding benefits all young people in the county and included within general applications we would like to see projects which focus on three priority groups: females, 18 to 25 year olds and disability projects.”

This will be the fourth year Sportivate has been delivered in the county. Since April 2011, more than 7,800 young people aged 14 to 25 have signed up to take part in one of the courses in Norfolk.

Tricia Rollingson, from Bluebird Deaf Water Ski and Wakeboard Club, said: “Sportivate has enabled the club to access individuals who otherwise would have remained completely unaware of the facilities that are literally on their doorstep.”

The deadline to apply for Sportivate funding is Friday, January 17. This is for projects to be delivered between April 2014 and March 2015.




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