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Allerdale Borough Council receives more than £200,000 to give local sport a boost 

3 July 2014

Allerdale Borough Council is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £203,485 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

Allerdale Borough Council is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country. 

The funding will allow Allerdale Borough Council to develop a new 3-year programme of sporting activities aimed at adults aged from 14 and upwards, of all sporting abilities, emphasising it is never too late to get involved in sport and physical activity. It will also allow for further development of existing schemes like the Friday Night Projects, which currently run at six venues across the area.

Additional funding contributions have come from Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle Leisure, St Joseph’s School, Inspira, Cumbrian SPAA, Yours and Impact Housing Associations, all of which have contributed time and money.

In line with the Council Plan, part of the funding will also be used to support and develop a number of mass participation events, starting with GOTRI – the first of a series of family-friendly triathlons to take place in the county - on Saturday 30th August.

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Growth said: “As a keen sports fan myself, who is passionate about improving access to sports in Allerdale and West Cumbria, I am absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund. It will allow us to develop our sports provision and build on the strong tradition of sporting excellence in this area.”

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects that will get more people playing sport.

Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: "It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like Allerdale Borough Council 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.”

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.

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