£100K grant for new Hastings sport project

Opening Doors for Sport will start in January 2016
Opening Doors for Sport will start in January 2016

More than £100,000 has been awarded to the council’s Active Hastings team for a new project.

Hastings Borough Council have been given £117,574 by Sport England for Opening Doors for Sport – a programme aiming to increase sport opportunities for the town.

The project will start in January 2016 and will be run for three years in partnership with Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), The Links Project, NHS and Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, who are supporting this project as part of the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme.

The council’s lead member for leisure Dawn Poole said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this Sport England funding.

“Being active is really important for a healthy mind and body, as well as being lots of fun, thanks to this funding more locals can reap the rewards.

“The aim the Opening Doors for Sport project is to increase opportunities for sport in non-traditional settings, such as community centres, parks and open spaces, in key areas of the town where access to traditional sports facilities is limited.

“It will focus on key areas of the town and the least active people living within those areas.

“Year one will focus on Central St Leonards, year two on Hollington and Wishing Tree and year three on North East Hastings.

“The project will also be supported by HVA’s Team Well Fit project, providing opportunities for volunteers to get involved.”

This project is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2million of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don’t exercise.

Director of community sport at Sport England Mike Diaper said: “It’s great to be working with innovative projects like Opening Doors for Sport which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best.

“Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevents anyone from taking part.”

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