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London Sport secures five-year funding commitment from Sport England to level up access to physical activity

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London Sport secures five-year funding commitment from Sport England to level up access to physical activity

London Sport is proud to be among a group of over 120 organisations working with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across the country.

London Sport will receive expertise, support, and an investment of nearly £15m of government and National Lottery funding from Sport England over the next five years.

The investment will support the co-deliver of Sport England’s ambitious ten-year Uniting the Movement strategy.

Research shows some groups are typically less active; like women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups.

The opportunities to get involved in sport and physical activity, and reap the rewards of being active, depend too much on a person’s background, gender, bank balance and postcode.

London Sport will be using the investment to support less active adults and ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to create a positive physical activity habit for life.

Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six premature deaths in the UK but people who meet the recommended levels of physical activity live longer, feel happier, and live more prosperous lives.

Over £550million is being invested by Sport England in total, a new funding model which provides longer-term financial security as organisations recover and reinvent from the Covid-19 pandemic.

All partner organisations were selected by Sport England due to their ability to influence change and improvement at the heart of the system they are a part of, no matter how big or small.

This is the first step on a journey to revolutionise Sport England’s approach to long-term partnerships as it seeks to partner and collaborate with innovative organisations to deliver Uniting the Movement and build a nation where everyone can get active.

Emily Robinson, CEO of London Sport, said:

“London Sport’s mission is to ensure all Londoners have equal access to sport and physical activity but only six in ten Londoners are meeting the weekly recommended guidelines for physical activity.

“The remaining 40% are missing out on the physical, mental and social benefits of sport and physical activity. We are here to change this.

“This long-term funding agreement with Sport England will be vital to our efforts to support those from under-represented and under-served communities who face the most barriers to participation.”

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:

“Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active– no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is.

“But we know that certain groups – like women, people from ethnically diverse communities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic groups – are more likely to be inactive.

“We can only innovate and tackle inequalities effectively by thinking about long-term change; Uniting the Movement is a long-term vision, and our funding approach needs to reflect that.

“Changes to our funding model will help us achieve our goal, by making it easier for our partners to do what they need to do to level up and deliver.”

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About London Sport

Physical activity and sport have the power to help people live happier and healthier lives. That’s why London Sport wants to make the capital a more physically active city. We provide support, insight, knowledge and expertise, and collaborate with those who share our vision.

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. 

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

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London Sport aims to ensure Londoners live happier, healthier lives through sport and physical activity

About London Sport

London Sport aims to ensure more Londoners live happier, healthier lives through sport and physical activity. Supported by the Mayor of London and Sport England, our target is to get Londoners more physically active.

For more information on London Sport, visit www.londonsport.org

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