Cash award to increase sport participation

A project to raise the numbers of people taking part in sport in a North Tyneside has been awarded financial backing.

Activate North Tyneside has been given £153,212 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to test out new methods of delivery to engage parents, women, young people and disabled individuals into regular sports participation in the borough.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We work extremely hard in North Tyneside to provide opportunities for everyone to join in with a sport they love – or discover an activity they haven’t tried before.

“The grant from Sport England will help to fund the development and delivery of a fantastic borough-wide project, aiming to significantly increase the participation of residents from areas of North Tyneside where take-up in sport has previously been low.

“I am delighted the funding means these residents will be offered the chance to take part in a variety of sports at almost 30 different community venues.”

The funding will go towards the total cost of the Activate North Tyneside project of £248,902.