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15 May 2013

We are thrilled to announce that our Getting Ready sports development programme has been awarded new funding to support 4,500 young Londoners to access sport through youth clubs!

This is thanks to £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund, which will support the programme over the next three years.

London Youth 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 programme will provide support and funding for 60 youth clubs in six London boroughs to give young people the chance to try a new sport, receive expert coaching and equipment, and create a new generation of young people passionate about sport.

Young people participating in Getting Ready will get to choose from a menu of up to 35 sports – from traditional activities like football or tennis, through to new sports such as street dance and tag rugby.

The six boroughs the programme will work in are Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Southwark

The programme is designed to work in partnership with youth clubs and local service providers in each of the six boroughs, and is targeted to support the needs of young people not traditionally engaged in sport, helping boost their confidence, health and their appetite for learning.

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism said:

“Congratulations to the 32 projects that will be receiving a share of this £5.1 million National Lottery fund. They will help improve the sporting offer in communities across the country and drive up sport participation levels.”

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of London Youth, said:

“Sport is an incredibly important way for young people to learn new skills, responsibilities and have fun. We know some young people find it difficult to get involved in school sports, so Getting Ready is special because it will offer the chance for them to learn new sports in clubs and community centres.

We know from many years of working with youth clubs that successful programmes in communities can help young people re-engage in learning and develop their confidence and character, giving them better opportunities to thrive in the future. We’re so pleased that Sport England has made this investment, and are confident that the National Lottery funding can help us bring more resources into community sport, from business and other partners, so that we can have a truly transformative effect on sport in London.”