We have been awarded £4,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

 The funding award will allow the Trust to extend a range of support and activities to the international communities across the City. The grant will allow the Trust to continue the delivery of a weekly sports session for both female only and male only sports activities. These sessions aim to reduce isolation by bringing various communities from across the City together, enabling an increase in community cohesion.

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 initially channelled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.

This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences –Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) – to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

 Catherine Bishop, Tigers Sport and Education Trust, CEO, said:

“We remain proud to be able to continue to support those most vulnerable and isolated in our communities throughout this uncertain time. Our continued work with Active Humber has enabled us to successfully attract this fund to support our BAME, international and refugee communities who we know have felt more isolated during Covid-19 restrictions. This continues to be important on many levels including tackling isolation and supporting community cohesion”.

 

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to Tigers Sport and Education Trust in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-inforced these. Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England.”

We look forward to getting the sessions running and we will share this on our social media platforms and website as soon as we are able to welcome participants to the international sessions.