Special Year of Sport Celebrated With Funding For Local Projects

07 September 2012

In this special sporting year, using money raised by local community interest companies through The Health Lottery, the Youth Sport Trust is delivering projects which provide sports coaching to inspire children and young people in some of the local schools to take up sport.

In this special sporting year, using money raised by local community interest companies through The Health Lottery, the Youth Sport Trust is delivering projects which provide sports coaching to inspire children and young people in some of the local schools to take up sport.

Children are offered a variety of activities to get involved in which can be everything from your traditional school sports right through to alternative activities that appeal to a range of young people. The sports coaching is specifically designed to support and inspire children that are not currently engaged in sport.

Donald Macrae, Spokesperson for the community interest companies, says,

“Sport offers a great opportunity to meet people and build new friendships. It helps people to find confidence in all areas of their life. We hope this project will make sport more accessible for young people.”

The project aims to make it easier for young people to make healthier choices at school and to adopt and sustain healthy, active lifestyles beyond school.

Lisa McHendry, Head of Participation at the Youth Sport Trust (YST) says,

“We know that sport can have a powerful positive influence on young people and has the ability to change lives. By offering a broad range of sports schools widen the opportunities for all young people to take part in physical activity which can greatly benefit their health and wellbeing.”

Professor Jennie Popay, Chair of People’s Health Trust says,

“Ultimately we hope this project will help to address health inequalities in the community by increasing the activities that young people can do together.”

This is another example of the way in which money raised through the Health Lottery is being used to support local action to improve health and wellbeing in communities at this difficult economic time.

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about local society lotteries contact Rebecca Richards – [email protected] or telephone 020 3384 8309 / 07743 444 107.

For media enquiries about Youth Sport Trust contact Lee Murphy – [email protected] or telephone 0207 211 5256 / 07825 065 179.

Editors notes

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust is passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life and in sport through the delivery of high quality PE and sport. They work to:

Give every child a sporting start in life through high quality PE and sport in primary schools.
Ensure all young people have a sporting chance by developing opportunities for those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Support all young people to achieve their sporting best in school and their personal best in life.
Find out more by visiting www.youthsporttrust.org

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