£1million fund set to benefit local sport and physical activity projects

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Community-based sport and physical activity projects in East Renfrewshire have just one week to stake their claim for a share of a £1million fund aimed at changing lives and creating a more inclusive and healthier nation.

The Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity (CLTSPA) Fund was launched in June in partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012, and will support organisations across the country to deliver positive change in communities across the country.

The CLTSPA Fund is part of a wider £1.8million programme that provides additional resource into the sporting and community sector to better address individual and community needs through sport and physical activity and also to support them to become and stay active.

As part of the fund two-year grants ranging from £30,000 up to £70,000 will be available to partnerships meeting key criteria and delivering on the four CLTSPA themes:

Sport for Inclusion

Sport for Health and Wellbeing

Sport for Skills

Sport for Communities

The wider CLTSPA programme has a specific aim of increasing capacity and skills within the sporting sector to meet the needs of the community and to deliver positive change for participants.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “The positive power of sport and physical activity can be seen every day in communities across the country thanks to the fantastic work of community sport hubs, clubs and the wider sporting system. It is clear from this work that sport and physical activity is having a significant impact on the lives of those taking part.

“But it is not just about participation, it is also about improving health and wellbeing and increasing wider opportunities, and we are determined to build on that. This fund and the wider Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity programme is an important step on that journey, as we strive to build a more inclusive and healthier nation.”

The CLTSPA Fund is delivered by Spirit of 2012 as part of the Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity programme.

Further information on the Fund and details how to apply can be found at the Spirit of 2012 website www.spiritof2012.org.uk/CLTSPA with applications closing at 5pm on Tuesday August 28.