Trafford Housing Trust

THT Community Panels help fund LCCC Foundation project

25 June 2014

Photo of Staff from LCCC Foundation, Salford Red Devils Foundation, Trafford Housing Trust and City West Housing Trust at the Sporting Foundations for Life launch.Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation, in partnership with Salford Red Devils Foundation, have successfully secured £307,900 from the Sport England Community Sport Activation Fund, Trafford Housing Trust Community Panels and City West Housing Trust to deliver the ‘Sporting Foundations for Life’ project over the next 3 years as part of a total project worth £370,400. It is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

‘Sporting Foundations for Life’ is a joint project between the LCCC Foundation, Salford Red Devils Foundation, the five Trafford area Community Panels and City West Housing Trust to deliver a programme of informal sporting activity across the communities of Trafford and Salford, capitalising on the legacy of the Ashes Test Match and Rugby League World Cup in 2013. The project aims to increase the once-a-week participation levels of 14-25 year olds living within housing association properties by establishing needs driven activity in 20 identified local communities. The two Project Activators will recruit local volunteer Community Champions and train them up to develop, deliver and maintain Activation Programmes and Informal Central Venue Leagues which will be used to promote increased levels of sports participation.

Photo of Lanky and Doctor Devil, the 2 club mascots, celebrating the funding news.Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: "It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like Sporting Foundations for Life, to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them. The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I’m particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”

Sandy Mitchell, LCCC Foundation Head of Community Development said: “The project offers a great opportunity for both Foundations to expand their reach into local communities, promoting the sports of cricket and rugby league and using the professional clubs’ brands to engage and inspire young people.”

Martyn Hague, Head of Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners to continue the legacy of the Ashes and Rugby League World Cup. This fantastic project will benefit residents in our communities across Salford and increase the opportunities for everyone to get involved in these sports.”

Elaine Johnson, Managing Director of Localities at Trafford Housing Trust (THT) added, ‘THT is proud that the five THT Community Panels collectively recognised the benefits of this project and decided to get involved. It will make a real difference to the lives of young people by bringing sport close to local communities and using it positively to develop life skills, employment and volunteering opportunities. It might also provide us with a future international sporting star!’

The Community Sport Activation Fund is investing a total of £47.5 million of funding over five funding rounds. Already 156 projects have shared in £27.2 million of funding over three rounds, receiving grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to provide grassroots sport at a very local level.

For more information on this project, please contact Howard Shore, Senior Project Activator on or 0161 868 6850"

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