Teamwork for local sport

TWO organisations have marked their commitment to work together to benefit local sporting development groups by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Sported, an Olympic legacy charity, and Northumberland Sport – the local County Sport Partnership – have joined forces to improve access to support for organisations using sport to improve the lives of youngsters in Northumberland.

A key dimension to Northumberland Sport’s commitment to providing opportunities for children and young adults is helping the development of local community sports clubs and strengthening school-community links.

Jo Stocks, Director of Sported, said: “There are a number of areas where both Sported and Northumberland Sport are working with a shared philosophy to support and develop initiatives delivering social change through sport.

“Through this partnership, we hope to highlight and support the work of sport for the development sector and the incredible contribution that local sports clubs make to their local communities across Northumberland.”

Doug Lowery, Executive Director for Northumberland Sport, added: “Sports clubs play a huge part in providing opportunities for young people throughout Northumberland. It is vital that we continue to support these organisations and in turn the young people and the communities in which they live.

“In signing this partnership with Sported, we believe that this support can be enhanced and help the delivery of our national 2012 Legacy programmes in Northumberland.

Sported is a free membership organisation, helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people by supporting community and voluntary groups delivering sport for development, helping them grow and run their organisations to the best of their ability.

Funded through the National Lottery, Northumberland Sport works in partnership with a range of national, regional and local organisations with a shared vision to increase participation in sport and physical activity, build healthy and successful communities and create positive change.

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