Non League: Essex FA promote Sportivate scheme
Sportivate is a £56 million initiative providing children and young adults with access to six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching. Participants can work towards an event or personal challenge and, when the free or low-cost coaching has finished, they’ll be supported to continue playing sport. This window is for activities running between April and September 2015.
Initially a four-year programme launched in June 2011, the success of Sportivate meant it has since benefitted from additional funding to allow it to run until March 2017. From September 2013, Sportivate extended its age group so 11-13-year-olds can also be included. The programme is inclusive and targets a variety of young people, including those who have a disability and people from black and minority ethnic groups.
Sportivate is delivered nationally by Sport England and in, Outer Essex, by Active Essex. Submissions are currently being sought and new guidance notes and an application form are available online. These provide much greater depth of detail on the programme. The deadline for applications to be received by Active Essex is 16th January.
Previous applicants should note that the participant criteria have changed and Sport England will now be using Sportivate to target ‘inactive’ rather than ‘semi-sporty’ individuals, particularly those of 17-25 years of age. Inactive individuals are identified as those who do not take part in sport or physical activity every week.
Further information, plus an application form and guidance notes, can be found at www.essexfa.com, as well as a link to The FA’s ‘Grant Finder’ for many other sources of funding. Information is additionally shared on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.