Clubs wanted to bid for Sport England funding

With one year to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Sport England is encouraging clubs across England to see how they can benefit from the Sportsmatch programme.

Already this year, national charity StreetGames has received £100,000 from Sportsmatch to run a series of multi-sport festivals inspired by the London 2012 Games, matching the investment received from Coca-Cola GB.

25,000 disadvantaged young people are expected to attend one of the 350 multi-sports events across the country, with each of them getting the chance to try a different activity and join local clubs.

The highlight will be the chance to attend one of 18 large participation festivals at top venues in major cities to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Streetgames initiative was one of the first wave of sports projects to benefit from the Sportsmatch programme, which re-launched in April this year and you don't need to be Olympics-focused to benefit from the programme.

Sportsmatch funding is available to any not-for-profit club or organisation that has secured sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts to deliver new projects to get people playing and enjoying sport.

Sport England Chair Richard Lewis said: “This funding is helping many more people get involved in grassroots sport and the StreetGames project is a great example of that.

"However, there is still plenty of opportunity for other sports clubs to benefit and I urge them to take advantage of this fund and apply.  In these tough economical times it’s important we do all we can to ensure public funding gets right down to sport’s grassroots.”

Grants of between £1,000 up to £100,000 are currently available via Sportsmatch.

For more information on the fund and guidance on gaining sponsorship, please visit the Sport England website or  call their funding helpline on 08458 508 508.

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