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Enfield's bumper lottery "win" to boost sport

Published Thursday, 30 May 2013

Enfield Council is to receive £250,000 of lottery funding to help tackle childhood obesity by getting more youngsters from a wide range of backgrounds into sport.

Enfield Council in partnership with Enfield Children and Young People's services is among 32 projects to receive a share of £5.1 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country and build a lasting legacy from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. The money is administered by Sport England (Community Sport Activation Fund) and is National Lottery Funding.

The money will help Enfield Council drive down obesity levels in young people by encouraging them to participate in sport with projects including:

  • Special outreach work which will counsel and motivate parents, especially those living in areas of deprivation, who may need assistance to live more healthy lifestyles for themselves and their children
  • Establishing a robust sport / physical activity referral scheme used by practitioners from a range of settings (schools, youth workers etc..)
  • Developing a targeted annual sports programme
  • Developing youth groups for 13-19 year olds who are referred to undertake sport or physical activity. The group will promote a more private setting than traditionally offered
  • Helping disabled young people from special schools to be able to undertake daily physical activity to promote health and wellbeing.

The first programme is due to begin in June.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism said "Enfield Council has undertaken a number of initiatives to tackle the issue of childhood obesity. We work with schools to ensure that all their meals are healthy and delicious to encourage their uptake. The council also supports our leisure partners Fusion in offering free sports, gym and swimming sessions for under 16 in our leisure centres throughout the school holidays.

"We are also committed to getting PE firmly back on the curriculum; our recent public health report confirmed this by showing that our young people spend significantly higher than the national average on high quality physical education, which is something we are keen to encourage.

"This very welcome injection of Lottery money follows the theme of investing in getting our young people fit and healthy by targeting those who most need it, children and young people who suffer deprivation, those who need extra help to get fit and healthy and those with disabilities.

"This money is fantastic news, and I look forward to seeing some of the projects for myself."

The Community Sport Activation Fund builds on previous funding campaigns, which have shown that the key to success is finding out what people want from sport – and what ‘s stopping them from getting involved – before designing an offer that’s appealing, accessible and secures their long-term involvement.

Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level. By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”  

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