Sportsmatch re-opens with improvements for 2011

Grassroots sports organisations across England were today urged to look at how they could benefit from Sport England’s Sportsmatch programme, which has been re-launched for 2011-12.

Sportsmatch is one of the most popular programmes run by Sport England – the government agency charged with building the foundations of sporting success – and, for the coming year, they have made it even easier for those in need to apply for help from the Sportsmatch programme.

Sportsmatch brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new projects to get people playing and enjoying sport. Grants from £1,000 up to £100,000 are available to match sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts.

Clubs, voluntary organisations, sports governing bodies, councils, schools and universities can get their applications in now, with the first awards being made in early April.

For the first time, Sport England will be accepting bids where the sponsor has an existing relationship with the club and isn’t increasing the amount it invests, provided it is for new projects.

This recognises the hard work done by sports clubs to maintain relationship with local businesses, which is especially important in difficult economic times when finding new sponsors may be more challenging.

“Securing sponsorship for your sports project takes dedication and skill – particularly in a tough economic climate,” said Richard Lewis, Chair of Sport England.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to double the benefit for sport by matching that investment. We’re determined to get public funding right down to sport’s grassroots – so get your applications in early and start making an even bigger difference in your community.”

For more information or to apply for any Sport England funding programmes, visit www.sportengland.org.uk or call their funding helpline on 08458 508 508.

Club Website’s Guide to Funding

If you are a football club anywhere in the UK and you need help with funding for your club, check out our Club Website Guide to Funding (pdf file).

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