Games legacy funding up for grabs

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WITH the Olympic Games drawing to a close, one of the legacy organisations is urging community sports groups in Northumberland to contact its staff as they may be eligible for funding and support.

sported. was established in 2009 by Sir Keith Mills, the Deputy Chairman of LOCOG, as a result of the legacy promises which he and Lord Seb Coe made during the successful London 2012 bid process.

One of these promises was to ‘inspire a generation of disadvantaged young people through sport.’

It is already working with over 1,200 community sports organisations across the UK, including more than 100 in the North East. Through a network of highly skilled volunteer Mentors, it helps these groups to become more sustainable as well as assisting them to obtain much-needed funding.

From judo clubs to horse stables, money from sported. has secured new equipment, enabled the development of new sessions, provided accessible activities for young disabled people and ensured the future of projects through qualifying volunteers to deliver sports activities.

North East Regional Manager Sandra Hillyard said: “We are delighted by the progress we have made in the region in such a short space of time.

“It demonstrates the high level of demand there is for our services, but I know that there are many more groups out there who could also benefit and we would love to hear from them.”

To find out if your organisation might be eligible for sported. support, call Sandra on 07775 602137 or email s.hillyard@sported.org.uk