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Introduction

The Projects

Reflections

Next Steps


Introduction

Sport England and The National Lottery

The National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels by working with its partners to reach those most in need, because of the impact of COVID-19.

Sport England’s work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period.

With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has channelled two phases of funding totalling £220,000 through Kent Sport to support community groups in their areas because of the impacts of COVID-19.

  • The focus of this programme of work is to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.
  • To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring that the physical activity participation inequality gap doesn’t widen during this period in targeted communities.
  • To provide funding for community groups working with Sport England target audiences to remain connected with their participants and keeping them active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages.
  • To strengthen relationships between system partners and community bodies working with under-represented groups.

The Tackling Inequalities fund will enable community groups working with target audiences – Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Ethnically Diverse Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) – to continue to engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

Total Awards (as of 1 February 2021)

£209, 945

Projects Funded

49

Average Award

£4285

The Projects

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Reflections

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Kent and Medway residents have endured long restrictions as a result of COVID 19 outbreak and the subsequent evolution of a Kent variant of the virus. This resulted in lockdown commencing from 1st December and likely to be in place until March 2021. As a consequence we have found a number of the projects are on hold, or waiting for an announcement as to when they can recommence face to face activity. This has proved challenging with the ever changing developments. Because of this, our Phase 2 funding became more of an extension of Phase 1 looking at virtual and 121 activity rather than progressing into face to face group activity as planned.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 represented the here and now, the immediate impact of COVID 19 and the consequential lockdown. For Kent Sport Phase 3 funding represents the opportunity for our sector to bounce back.


Next Steps

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Our Phase 3 plan will therefore focus on the following:

  • How can we integrate the existing sports sector, and bring them on this journey with us?
  • The transition from virtual to face to face activity.
  • How can we work better together with grant recipients and share future priorities?
  • Working closer with existing grant recipients to make activity more attractive and sustainable? – look at co creation of resources and training.
  • How can we reach new groups and continue to tackle inequalities in physical activity and reduce the levels in under represented groups adversely affected by COVID-19?
  • Link organisations together to offer training and workforce development.

Phase 3 will run from March 2021 with projects complete by March 2022.