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Sports Clubs

Be a volunteer sports leader!

People are being urged to become volunteer sports leaders as part of a Sport England project to get people doing more physical activity in their communities.

Black Country in Motion will set up new sports sessions led by volunteers who will receive relevant qualifications to help them become sports leaders. Sports sessions include football, basketball, swimming, running, exercise and movement and table tennis.

In Dudley, areas that are being targeted are Castle and Priory and Netherton and Woodside.

Volunteers will receive a full induction, emergency first aid, a DBS check and any other relevant qualifications.

For more information, please call Jo Dodd on 07532 411166.

This Girl Can

This month, Sport England has launched a new campaign to inspire more girls and women to participate in physical activity wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgementis a barrier that can be overcome.

Any organisation that supports these values can sign up to use This Girl Can branding and for more information, please visit: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/.


Football Foundation – Grow the Game

Funding for projects that increase participation by both players and volunteers within football. Sports associations, football clubs and not for profit organisations can apply for a grant up to £1,500 per new team created over two or three years and for coaching qualifications. The following types of team are eligible for a grant in 2015:

  • Male teams from the Under-14 age bracket and above
  • Female teams
  • Disability teams.

Grants can be used for hire of facilities/FA qualified coaches, football kits for over 15s teams, referees fees, CRB checks, affiliation costs, FA coaching courses and promotion/publicity. Closing date for applications 18th February 2015.

For more information, contact:

Tel: 0845 345 4555

Email: enquiries@footballfoundation.org.uk

Website: www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/grow-the-game

Sport England open funding

Sport England runs a variety of funding programmes that have different opening and closing dates throughout the year.

Current open programmes are:

  • Inspired Facilities – funds renovation of local sports facilities. This fund is open all year, but deadlines are June 2015 and January 2016.
  • Small Grants - £300-£10,000 for projects to increase the number of people playing sport. This fund is open all year.
  • Get Healthy, Get Active – funds projects that get inactive people doing more physical activity. This fund opened 4th December and closes Monday 26th January 2015
  • Protecting Playing Fields – grants to improve and preserve playing surfaces. This fund opened 10th December and closes Monday 9th February 2015. The following round will open on 14th September 2015 and closes on 2nd November 2015.

 Amendments to the Community Amateur Sports Club(CASC) scheme

Following extensive consultation tax relief rules applying to local grassroots sports clubs have been extended so that more clubs will benefit from new tax concessions. The CASC scheme was introduced in 2002 to give amateur sports clubs some of the tax benefits available to charities. When the scheme was introduced sports clubs were not considered to be eligible for charitable status, although this changed shortly afterwards. Sports clubs can now choose between charitable and CASC status.

The principal tax reliefs available to CASCs are:

  1. business rates relief;
  2. relief from corporation tax on certain types of income and gains;
  3. Gift Aid relief on donations of money by individuals.

The amendments made to the scheme will:

  • Introduce new cap on membership costs - clubs won’t be able to charge a membership fee of more than £31 per week and obtain tax relief.
  • Increase the amounts that can be earned tax free from club bars, cafes and venue hire before paying corporation tax –up to £50,000 from trading income (increased from £30,000) and £30,000 from rental income (increased from £20,000).
  • As well as these increased reliefs clubs will also be able to claim gift aid on individual donations and will be exempt from 80% of business rates.
  • Expand scope for clubs to support promising players through paying them a wider range of expenses.
  • Allow businesses to donate to sports clubs tax free for the first time offsetting their donation against their corporation tax bill to encourage larger donations.

These changes will mean that over 40,000 more clubs have the potential to benefit from these new rules, and this will provide greater opportunity for more people to participate in their local sports team.

See website www.gov.uk/government/consultations/community-amateur-sports-clubs-casc-scheme for more information, details of consultation and various documents.

Evidence on the benefits of sport and recreation

If you’re looking to make a case to a funder or backer about the benefits of sport and recreation, take a look at the updated facts and figures resource built by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Split into thirteen categories, from the economy and health to facilities and school sport, the resource now contains more than 180 facts – all with references to their original publications – available for free in a downloadable PDF.

Evidence includes:

  • A 12-week study with 243 schoolchildren aged 9 and 10 found that daily ten minute physical activity breaks significantly increased on-task behaviour by 8% on average.
  • The long-term annual health costs associated with treating each obese child growing up to be an obese adult are £585-£683 per child.
  • 38% of people believe that the government’s main priority for sport funding should be targeted at using sport to reduce crime and improve education.
  • The provision of green space for physical activity could save 1,063 lives a year.

To view the resource of for more information, visit: www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/21-01-2014/even-more-facts-and-figures-help-you-make-case-sport-and-recreation#sthash.yyMbMlmx.dpuf

A guide to help you reach the community

The Sports Marketing Network has produced a guide to help sports clubs hold great open days that build relationships with your local community.

Whether you want to throw your doors open to increase your membership or engage with your neighbours, the guide will help you to hold a ‘really open open day’. The guide covers planning your open day, special guests, safety, promotion and follow up.

You can download a copy of the guide from the Sports Marketing Network website: www.smnuk.org/#/thoughts-tools-to-dos/4533746817


Inspired Coaches

The new Inspired Coaches Bursary Scheme (replacing the Coach Bursary Scheme) aims to assist increasing capacity within Black Country sports clubs providing more coaches and coached hours for people aged 14+. Funding up to £1,000 per club (maximum 60% of the cost of the coaching qualification) is available to support coaches wishing to gain Level 1, 2 or 3 qualifications.

Round 2 will open in April 2014 and you will be able to cover the costs of courses that have taken place from 6th December, as well as those that are due to take place in the future.

For more information, contact Laura Whitehead:

Tel:01384 471135


Website: www.blackcountrybeactive.co.uk/get-involved/inspired_coaches


BUCS Community Hub Club Programme

British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) has announced that it is working in partnership with the Football Association and British Colleges Sport (BCS) to offer grants up £2,500 to enable football clubs gain access to sports facilities on college and university sites. Education sites deliver a valuable supply of facilities for developing and delivering sport - 76% of sports halls and 73% of artificial grass pitches in England are located on education sites. Funding must be used towards the setting up of partnerships between educational establishments (including schools) and groups of people with a common interest in developing football opportunities for children and young people in their local communities. 

Deadline: 3rd March 2014.

For more information, contact Oliver Sale (BUCS Football Development Manager): Tel:0207 633 5080. Email: oliver.selfe@bucs.org.uk  

Website: www.bucs.org.uk/page.asp?section=17005&sectionTitle=BUCS+Community+Hub+Club+Programme


Be Inspired Girls’ Football Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 to increase participation amongst 14-25 year old females and increase the number of active female roles models in the girls’ game.

Match funding: Applicants are encouraged to seek additional partnership funding to support the delivery of the project. Where additional funding is secured a support letter from the funding partner will need to be submitted with the application.

What can the funding be used for?

Funding can be used towards a range of development areas including:

  • FA Coach Education or Leadership Courses;
  • Football equipment i.e. goals, training equipment, first aid.
  • Promotional materials to launch new activity (Be inspired logo provided); i.e. flyers/posters
  • Developing mentoring programmes for females;
  • Taster sessions by FA qualified coaches;
  • Promotional events to kick start the project;
  • Staff costs
  • Facility hire

What you cannot apply for

  • Kit or trophies. If developing a new team refer to the Football Foundation.
  • Transport costs unless for a one off event.

Deadline: March

Application form and guidance: Can be downloaded from: www.thefa.com/~/media/files/pdf/the-fa-2013-14/be-inspired-application-form.ashx

Email: be.inspired@thefa.com


A guide to planning applications for sports clubs
Sports clubs that want to improve their facilities can download a new guide to the planning process which has been produced by Sport England and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The guide covers the five stages of applying for, and securing, planning permission:

  • Reviewing the options
  • Preparing the application
  • Submitting the application
  • The decision
  • Implementing the decision.

To view download the guide, visit:www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/planning-for-sport/development-management/making-a-planning-application-a-guide-for-sports-clubs/



Dudley Sports Networking Evening, Thursday 26th September, 7pm-9pm

Sports clubs and organisations that provide sporting activities across the Dudley borough are invited to come to the next Sports Networking Evening on Thursday 26th September 2013, 7pm-9pm at Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club, Manor Abbey Stadium, Manor Way, Halesowen, B62 8RW.

The evening will give participants the chance to:

  • Meet people from a range of sports clubs across the borough
  • Share experiences, learn from each other and consider ways of working together 
  • Find out about work the Black Country BeActive Partnership is doing to help clubs link with schools (the Satellite Clubs programme) and how you can get involved
  • Discuss topics that are important for your club and for sports in Dudley.

Please register your place athttp://dudleysports913.eventbrite.co.uk/ href="http://dudleysports913.eventbrite.co.uk/">http://dudleysports913.eventbrite.co.uk/if you would like to join us!


Good news for disability sport

Sport England has announced £8million to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport.

A further £7million will be invested into Sport England’s Inclusive Sport programme. The remaining £1million will open Sport England’s new Get Equipped fund, which will provide funding to clubs and sports organisations to allow them to buy specialist sporting equipment to encourage more people with disabilities to take up sport.

Both funds will open in October, with a series of workshops taking place throughout September for organisations interested in apply for Inclusive Sport funding.

For more information, visit: www.sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2013/september/07/disability-sport-given-%C2%A38m-boost-on-national-paralympic-day/



Funding News

Gillette Great Start Programme

Grants to cover coaching qualifications for individual coaches, whether they have been coaching for years or are new to coaching.


To make an application, you must first ‘like’ the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GilletteUK/app_407925255981400


Lawn Tennis Association facilities funding
The Lawn Tennis Association is offering a mix of grant funding and loans to help clubs develop their facilities to increase the number of people taking part in tennis and competing on a regular basis. Funding is allocated for traditional indoor facilities, low-cost indoor structures, floodlighting outdoor courts, developing clubhouses and renovating park courts.

Applicants must:

  • be a registered place to play
  • have a proven leadership team in place
  • have a robust business plan showing financial sustainability
  • be Clubmark accredited. New sites can be Beacon accredited and working towards Clubmark, but must be able to become Clubmark accredited within 6 months of application.
  • have the required level of partnership funding
  • provide a long term security of tenure i.e. freehold or leasehold with minimum of 21 years and the ability to assign the lease.



Sport England - Community Sport Activation Fund

This programme will re-open for applications on the 11th November 2013.

The fund provides grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to sports clubs, schools, local authorities and other not for profit organisations to support grassroots sports activities at a very local level.

The type of activities that can be funded include:

  • Activities reflecting a broad range of sports
  • Informal opportunities which could lead to regular participation
  • Multi-sport activities which provide people with a range of choices and opportunities to suit them
  • Family orientated activities with a focus on 14 plus age group
  • Local activator roles that focus on directly organising and delivering new opportunities for participation.

The deadline for the next round is 13th January 2014/

For more information, visit: www.sportengland.org/funding/our-different-funds/community-sport-activation-fund/


Guides to applying to Sport England

Sport England has made a video guide to applying to its programmes: http://funding4sport.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7dd795ba2fc2226ce66603f47&id=1b2bbde593&e=eb63ced7e4 href="http://funding4sport.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7dd795ba2fc2226ce66603f47&id=1b2bbde593&e=eb63ced7e4">www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZANSwmXE-JM 

And Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin County Sports Partnership has produced handy hints and tips for applying for funding from Sport England: http://tinyurl.com/cko7bw4  

Reminder: Sport and Recreation Awards 2013
Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Community Sports and Recreation Awards which highlight the breadth of work undertaken in the community sport and recreation sector. Awards are given in the following categories:
1. Overall Winner – £2,000
2. Volunteer Management – £1,000
3. School Links – £1,000
4. Professional Club Community Programme of the Year– £1,000
5. Green Thinking – £1,000
6. Innovative Project Award – £1,000

For more information and to nominate, visit: www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/programmes-initiatives/awards/community-sport-and-recreation-awards/community-sport-and-recreation-0
The closing date for nominations is 3rd May 2013.

£0.5m windfall for the Black Country
The Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership has been awarded £485,000 from Sport England, through its 'Get Healthy, Get into Sport' fund.
As one of only 14 successful applications across England, the funding will be used to will train local volunteers to run sport sessions that help inactive people to get involved in sport close to where they live, based around eight health sport hubs across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton – areas with the lowest levels of participation and highest health inequalities.
For more information on this story, please visit: www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=33&n=News

Sportivate programme extended to 2017
Sport England has announced that it will invest an extra £24million to extend the Sportivate programme to 2017.
Sportivate helps young people aged between 14 and 25 to get involved in all kinds of sports by supporting clubs and organisations with the costs of putting on courses lasting 6-8 weeks. So far, almost 190,000 young people have benefitted from the courses that Sportivate supports.
For further information on this story, visit: www.sportengland.org/about_us/our_news/sport_england_gives_%C2%A324m_boost.aspx
To learn more about Sportivate and how it could support your club to put on courses, visit: http://www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=321&n=Sportivate

Community Games 2013
The Community Games vision is to have a Community Games event in every community every year that brings local people together in a fun and friendly environment which encourages them to try new sporting and cultural activities.
Key Event Principles: Led by the community | Include both sports and cultural activities |
Have an opening or closing ceremony
E-learning: To assist event organisers, Community Games has developed a free e-learning package for anyone who would like to organise a Community Games, or volunteer at one but feel that they would like to develop their skills in order to do so.
For further information on Community Games, visit: www.communitygames.org.uk.    
You can also access FREE resources such as t-shirts, certificates, stickers, bunting and banners to support your event by registering your Community Games at www.communitygames.org.uk/content/register-your-games 
For further information please contact Joanne Taylor on joanne_taylor@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk

Go Spike Big Weekend
Volleyball England is running a campaign to get more people playing volleyball and it has launched the Go Spike Big Weekend to encourage volleyball clubs to run events that will encourage everyone to have a go at the sport.
The weekend will be on the bank holiday weekend of 25-27 May 2013 and any event that is part of the Go Spike Big Weekend should be low-cost and simple to run. England Volleyball will provide you with resources to help promote your event including editable posters, inflatable beach balls, t-shirts, and they will also help you with ideas, support and practical advice to help plan your day.
For more information and to register your event, please visit: www.gospike.net/news/4678/register-an-event-during-go


Football Foundation
The respect equipment scheme is to encourage spectators (often parents) at grassroots football level to appreciate that youth football is a time for young people to not only learn the game but also enjoy themselves in an environment that is not threatening, aggressive and disrespectful. A range of measures to tackle these issues is available through the use of Respect equipment, which can be purchased using vouchers providing 50% discount on the usual cost. See website www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/respect-equipment-scheme for details of the equipment available and how to make purchases using their voucher scheme.

British Mountaineering Council
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has announced that BMC affiliated clubs can apply for financial support to help develop communications, buy equipment and provide instructor support to members. For the last four years the BMC has allocated almost £100,000 of Sport England funding to BMC affiliated clubs. A total of £21,000 is available for clubs to develop their website/newsletters, purchase equipment and employ professional instructors to provide training to novice members.
Deadline: 10th May 2013.
Tel: 0161 445 6111
E-mail: Lynda@thebmc.co.uk
Website: www.thebmc.co.uk/funding-grants-for-bmc-clubs

Central Social and Recreational Trust
Aims and outcomes of funder: To improve the lives of young people under the age of 21 through access to leisure and recreational facilities.
Eligibility: Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body will be considered for a grant.
Size of grant available: Up to £2,000 available for equipment for the use of all members of the club but will not fund individual/personal items such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
Website: http://csrt.info/

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) review in the pipeline
The Government has announced a public consultation on the rules for qualifying as a CASC. The consultation will take place this spring and will be an opportunity for clubs to contribute their ideas and raise concerns about current eligibility rules that may cause confusion.
Clubs that are CASCs can receive a range of tax reliefs, but must fulfil certain criteria and register with HM Revenue and Customs.
For more information, visit: www.sportengland.org/about_us/our_news/government_casc_review.aspx

Rugby clubs will soon be able to benefit from support and grants as part of RugbyForce, which was launched recently. The RFU and NatWest have launched RugbyForce, which aims to help rugby clubs become stronger by improving their facilities with volunteer and community help. Clubs that register with RugbyForce will be able to receive guidance and support, as well as having the opportunity to receive a grant of £500-£3,500.
For more information, visit: www.rfu.com/natwestrugbyforce

Active Kids 2013 launched
Sainsbury’s has launched this year’s Active Kids scheme to help children become more active.
Sports clubs and other organisations can register with Active Kids and be in line for benefits like free equipment. Since it launched in 2005, Active Kids has donated £123 million worth of items to more than 49,000 organisations. To get involved, visit: activekids.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/

2013 National Lottery Awards
Sports clubs that have received Lottery funding can be nominated for the 2013 National Lottery Awards Best Sports Project and a prize of £2,000. To nominate a project, visit  http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards and explain how Lottery funding has ‘helped it to improve or enrich the lives or communities of the people it works with.’ The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 19th March. Winners will be revealed at a televised ceremony in London later in the year.

Sports Funding News

People’s Postcode Trust
Size of grant available: £500-£2,000 for groups that are not registered charities; £2,000-£10,000 for registered charities.
Aims and outcomes of funder: Operates in 6 categories – poverty prevention, health advancement, community development, sport, human rights and environmental protection.
Additional information: Projects funded must last no longer than 6 months. Separate application forms and for grants under and over £2,000 and good guidance notes are available from the website.
Key dates: Opens for applications on 7th April and closes on 24th May.
Contact details: Telephone 0131 555 7287.
E-mail: info@postcodetrust.org.uk.
Website: www.postcodetrust.org.uk/how-to-apply.aspx

Inspired Facilities
Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to help organisations revitalise existing or create new facilities for community sport.
Key dates: Opens for applications on 11th March and closes on 29th April.
Website: inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org/

Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through sport
Grants to registered charities and CASCs mainly for one-off, capital projects that help disadvantaged people develop their skills through sport.
Application process: 2-stage, beginning with an initial enquiry form followed by the full application.
Website: www.peterharrisonfoundation.org

Asset Transfer guides for sport
Locality has teamed up with the Football Association to produce a guide to help clubs take on facilities from statutory organisations, like local authorities.
To view the guide, go to: locality.org.uk/resources/fa-guide-asset-transfers/
This is in addition to the free asset transfer guide produce by Sport England and Locality which is still available to use free of charge by visiting: www.sportengland.org/supportadvice/asset_transfer.aspx 


Sport England reveals investment plans for 46 sports
Between now and 2017, Sport England will invest £493m into 46 sports. Details about Sport England’s investment plans can be found on the website. Follow the link below and click on your chosen sport: www.sportengland.org/funding/ngb_investment/whole_sport_plans_2013-17.aspx


Sporting Equals
Birmingham-based charity, Sporting Equals, works to increase participation in sport by communities that are disengaged, especially the black and minority ethnic population.
Sporting Equals works with sports providers (from national governing bodies to sports clubs) to community and faith groups and individuals in order to promote participation in sport.
To find out more about how Sporting Equals could help you to increase participation in your sport, visit: www.sportingequals.org.uk.


Funding: Guide to funding opportunities that support coaching
Sports Coach UK, England Coaching Network and SkillsActive have produced a guide to funding opportunities that support coaching (training fees, equipment, etc.). The guide is categorised into national and regional funders for ease of use and is available for free download from: 


Funding: Sport England: Community Sport Activation Fund
A fund designed to get local people aged 14+ into sport by providing funding for up to 3 years to organisations working in partnership.
Size of grant available: £50,000-£250,000 – partnership funding of at least one-third of amount requested is required.
Projects the programme will fund include:
• Activities reflecting a broad range of sports
• Informal ‘try-it-out’ opportunities which could lead to regular participation
• Multi-sport activities which provide people with a range of choices and opportunities to suit them
• Family orientated activities with a focus on 14 plus age group
• Local activator roles that focus on directly organising and delivering new opportunities for participation.
Next round: Opens on 7 May 2013 and closes on 1 July 2013, with 3 further rounds until June 2015.
Further information: visit www.sportengland.org/funding/csaf.aspx.


Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2013
Sports clubs can win prizes of up to £2,000 in this year’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is looking for nominations (which need to be endorsed by the national governing body) for deserving sports clubs across 6 categories, including Volunteer Management and Green Thinking.
For more information, visit: www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/programmes-initiatives/awards/community-sport-and-recreation-awards/community-sport-and-recreation-0


Active People Survey
Over the last year, participation in sport and physical activity has increased in the Black Country. 29.8% of adults now take part for 30 minutes at least once a week compared to 29.4% last year, but this is still short of the national average (36%).

Opportunities in disability sport
The Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership has launched a disability sport directory due to increased interest in people wanting to participate.
The guide shows what appropriate opportunities are available for people with disabilities in the Black Country to participate in sport and it can be obtained from Craig Taylor on 01384 471110 / craig_taylor@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.
For more information, visit: www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=198&n=Disability+Directory
And if your club wants to become more inclusive for people with disabilities, you can now access an online toolkit to help you. The Inclusion Club Hub has been launched by the English Federation of Disability Sport and it is free to download.
To download the toolkit, visit: www.inclusion-club-hub.co.uk

Learn to Kayak with Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club
Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club is offering a 10-session course in kayaking, starting on 2nd February 2013.
The course will take place at Haden Hill Leisure Centre and will run on Saturday evenings (5.45pm-6.45pm).
The course is appropriate for adult and juniors and the fee of £120 includes all suitable equipment which will be provided, instruction and 14 months’ membership of Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club.
For more information, call 0121 550 6886 or email stourbridgearmcanoeclub@gmail.com

McDonald’s KickStart grants
Clubs can apply for one-off grants of between £500 to £2500 including VAT for a single project, as long as it will support, grow or develop your players and the community.
Examples of costs covered: Club facilities, grounds-keeping tools, training courses, pitch hire, mini-vans and washing machines; whatever your club and team could significantly benefit from.
Exclusions: Advertising and promotions, fundraisers, kit/team wear, club trips/tours, holiday training camps and club personnel wages/expenses e.g. fuel.
Deadline: 31st December 2012.
To apply: Visit: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/Investment/small-grant.html

Black Country BeActive Partnership Coaching Bursary Scheme
Size of grant available: £1,00 maximum per organisation per year (up to 50% of costs).
Aims and outcomes of funder: Increase capacity/coaches within sports clubs providing coaching for young people aged 16+ with priority for clubs having achieved Clubmark.
Additional information: Funding only available towards levels 1-3 coaching qualifications.
Next deadline: 18th January 2013
To apply: Download an application form from the website: www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=457
Contact: Craig Taylor on 01384 471110 / craig_taylor@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

Dudley sportspeople and sports clubs are celebrating after doing very well at this year’s Black Country Sports and Physical Activity Awards held on November 9th. The event, which was organised by the Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership and hosted by BBC WM’s Pete Morgan, recognised sports clubs and their volunteers and sportspeople who dedicate time to making sport happen across the Black Country. The event also included a celebration of London 2012 with presentations made to Black Country Olympians, Paralympians, Event Officials, Torchbearers and Games Makers.

A list of winners and photos from event can be accessed via: http://tinyurl.com/c4pcfoh


Sport England £1million training fund to make sport more inclusive
Sport England has announced an investment of £1million into a training programme which will help more than 10,000 coaches, leaders, assistants and parents to include more young people with disabilities into sport. For more information, visit: www.sportengland.org/about_us/our_news/active_kids_launched.aspx

Business support for sports clubs
Sport England and Pricewaterhouse Cooper are working together to help improve the business skills of sports clubs.
The Club Leaders programme is part of the Olympic Legacy programme, Places People Play and provides free training and support to those involved in the day-to-day running of community sport. The support  aims to help create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising network of sports clubs up and down the country. For more information, visit: http://www.sportenglandclubleaders.com/

School Games in the Black Country
The Black Country Local Organising Committee is looking for 14-18 year olds to support the School Games Programme across the Black Country.
The committee is looking for individuals to contribute ideas to help to shape the school games festival. Anyone interested should contact Craig Taylor via E-mail: craig_taylor@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

The Barclays Community Sports Awards
The Barclays Community Sports Award recognises individuals dedicated to benefitting their communities through sport during each month of the Barclays Premiership season. Winners can come from any sport and each winner receives £1,000 for their organisation plus the chance to win a further £5,000 for the organisation at the end of the season. Criteria: At least 50% of the award should be spent on sports of skills-based qualifications.
For more information and to nominate an individual: www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com/

Sport England: Small Grants programme, no deadlines
Size of grant available: £300 - £10,000. The aims and outcomes of funder are activities to help people become involved in sport (GROW), keep people in sport SUSTAIN) or help people to excel at their  chosen sport (EXCEL). Applications invited for both revenue and capital costs for new projects deliverable within 12 months. Call 08458 508508. E-mail: info@sportengland.org Website: www.sportengland.org/funding/small_grants.aspx

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Capital and revenue funding is occasionally  available to registered CASCs (community amateur sports clubs).
Types of project: Building and refurbishment of sports facilities and physical activity projects that get more people taking part in sport. Size of grant available: £1,000-£200,000.
For more information: Contact John Rimmington on 020 7408 2198 or E-mail: office@sunleyfoundation.com


Government plan to inspire a generation into sport

The government has announced a 10-point plan to help ‘inspire a generation’ to take up sport as the legacy from the London 2012 Games. The plan includes £1billion investment in youth sport and £135million investment in Sport England’s Places People Play Programme for new facilities, volunteering and increasing participation.

The plan includes:

  • £125 million per year UK Sport funding for elite sport over the next four years.
  • £300 million investment to open up the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the community.
  • Winning the rights to host over twenty world sporting events across the UK up to 2019.
  • £135 million investment into Sport England’s Places People Play programme to fund new facilities, volunteering and participation programmes.
  • £1 billion investment over the next five years in the Youth Sport Strategy to link schools with clubs and to develop sporting habits for life.
  • Introduction of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme and county sports festivals.
  • £1.5 million funding to the English Federation of Disability Sport to increase participation in sports by disabled people.

To find out more, please visit: http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/18-09-2012/alliance-chair-reacts-minister%E2%80%99s-ten-point-olympic-legacy-plan.

Free legal advice on offer to sports organisations
Sports organisations can now apply for free legal advice after Sport England, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport and Sport Wales teamed up with 10 law firms.
The law firms have committed to provide up to £5,000 worth of advice direct to national governing bodies and sport and recreation organisations. Organisations that want to access the free assistance will need to complete an application form via the Sports and Recreation Alliance.  To find out more, please visit: http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/projects-programmes-and-initiatives/legalpanel.

 £ 1 milllion Queen Elizabeth II Fields Volunteer Support Fund
SITA Trust has joined forces with HRH Prince William and the Fields in Trust to support the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces across the country as a permanent living legacy of the Diamond Jubilee. Once an area has been designated a Queen Elizabeth II Field an application can be made to SITA Trust’s £1 million fund for improvements to the area.To find out more about how you can get involved in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, please visit: http://www.qe2fields.com/.


Black CountryBeActive Sports Partnership: Coaching bursary scheme

 Size of grant available: £1,000 maximum per organisation per year (up to 50% of course costs).
Aims and outcomes of funder: Increase capacity/coaches within sports clubs providing coaching for young people aged 16+.
Additional information: Funding only available towards levels 1-3 coaching qualifications.

Next application deadline: 18th January 2013.
Contact details: Ian Carey, Club, Volunteer and Information Officer 01384 471137.
Email: Ian_Carey@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk

Website: http://www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=457&n=BeActive+Coaching+Bursary

Lords Taverners

Sports clubs are invited to apply for funding to assist with the purchase of manual sports wheel chairs for young people aged 8-25. The Sports Wheelchairs Sponsorship scheme is aimed at helping young disabled people participate in and enjoy wheelchair sport. Grants of up to 50% of the cost of the wheelchair with a maximum £1,500 are available.  

Applications: can be submitted at any time.

For more information: contact Nicky Pemberton (Head of Foundation)

Tel: 020 7821 2808

Email: foundation@lordstaverners.org 

Website: www.lordstaverners.org/charity/support-and-funding/sport-wheelchairs.htm


Rugby Football Foundation

Only clubs at levels 5 and below in the English Clubs Rugby Championship can apply to this fund which is aimed at investing in community rugby facilities. The Foundation will finance capital projects that improve facilities, contributing to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players. There are three funding streams as follows:

·        Ground Match: £1,500-£5,000

·        Helping Hand: £500-£1,500

·      Interest Free Loans: up to £100,000 

Applications: can be made at any time.

Tel: 020 8892 2000

Email: foundation@therfu.com

Website: www.rugbyfootballfoundation.org/index.php/what-we-do/grants-loans

There’s an awards theme in most of the sporting articles this month. Don’t forget to get your nominations of volunteers that light up the Dudley borough into us by 3rd September. Take a look at http://www.dudleycvs.org.uk/latest-news/285-volunteering-awards-nominations-needed.html for more information. The Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership are also looking for leading lights in sport and physical activity to be nominated for their awards. And we congratulate two Dudley clubs on their recent royal accolades!

Black Country Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2012
The Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership is looking for nominations for the Black Country Sport and Physical Activity Awards. There are 15 categories open for public nomination. The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 14th September 2012. To make a nomination please visit: http://www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=233&n=Black%20Country%20Sport%2026%20Physical%20Activity%20Awards%202011

Royal honours give Dudley a double
Two Dudley borough clubs have been celebrating receiving a prestigious royal honour for outstanding community work.
Both Kewford Eagles FC and Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club have been awarded with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK which recognises service to the community.
In the 10 years since the Queen’s Award began, only 38 voluntary groups from the West Midlands have been awarded it, so it’s doubly special that two Dudley groups have received the accolade this year. Congratulations to both clubs!
What’s more, 2 dedicated volunteers from Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club scooped Dudley Volunteer Awards last year. Why not nominate your Sporting Champions?
Read more here: http://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news/local/9781999.Royal_honour_for_Halesowen_sports_club/

2 more Inspired Facilities for Dudley
Two Dudley clubs are set to upgrade their facilities thanks to funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme.
Dudley Water Sports Centre, based at Lodge Farm reservoir in Netherton, will receive £50,000 to improve the changing facilities and provide a new classroom at the centre. The club’s aim is to increase local participation in sailing, water-skiing, diving and canoeing. In the longer-term the club aims to provide facilities to those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, the centre having already been identified as a suitable satellite centre for the British Disabled Water Ski Association.
Club Chairman, Dave Smith, said: “We are thrilled to receive this grant. The members of the Centre are excited and keen to go forward with a new project that will help to ensure the future of water sports in Dudley. The club was founded in the 1960's and after 50 years of uninterrupted water sports we look forward to another 50!”
Also celebrating is Stourbridge Cricket Club, which has secured £32,810 to bring its showering and changing facilities into the 21st century.
Congratulations to both clubs!

Games4Life aims to get the nation active this summer
The latest campaign from Change4Life, Games4Life, aims to inspire the nation to get active during this year’s summer of sport.
In a bid to get the nation up off the sofa, Games4Life will be encouraging everyone to fill out a simple activity check questionnaire in return for a tailored Games4Life activity pack to keep both adults and kids busy during the summer months.
Find out more on http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/games4life.aspx.

Inclusive Sport - Supporting Young Disabled People aged 14-25
Sport England’s £8million Inclusive Sport programme is looking for projects that make it easier and more enjoyable for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity more often.
Grants of over £10,000 are available for well-researched applications that show how people with disabilities have been involved in the application process. In particular, Sport England is looking to fund projects that involve partnerships between non-sport partners such as disabled people’s organisations, charities, and disability rights organisations and sports partners. Because of this, we would like to co-ordinate any organisations interested in applying to help ensure that varied and good quality sporting opportunities can be created for and with people with disabilities. If your organisation is interested in getting involved, please let us know by contacting Jayne Emery on 01384 267410 / core@dudleycvs.org.uk by 1st August.
The deadline for applications to the Sport programme is the 31st August.


Support for Club Leaders
Sport England has launched a new programme aimed at helping clubs to develop their business skills.

The programme is called Club Leaders and it offers free training and support to those doing the day-to-day running of community sport, helping create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising club network. Sports clubs can access e-learning modules in club management on the Club Leaders workshop and also sign up for seminars. A Club Leaders Learning Bus will also be touring the country, starting by following the route of the Olympic torch.

For more information about Club Leaders and to see where the bus will be, visit: http://www.sportenglandclubleaders.com/

Have your say on how sports participation is measured
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England want your view on how sport is measured in future using the Taking Part and the Active People Surveys. For more information, visit: http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/9062.aspx

Cash 4 Clubs
Sports clubs registered with their national governing body or local authority can apply for grants up to £1,000 through the Cash 4 Clubs grants scheme. Funding available to:
• improve facilities;
• purchase new equipment;
• gain coaching qualifications;
• invest in the sustainability of the club.
3 tiers of grants: £250, £500, £1,000.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
For more information: visit the Cash4Clubs website: www.cash-4-clubs.com

Central Social and Recreational Trust
Aims and outcomes of funder: To improve the lives of young people under the age of 21 through access to leisure and recreational facilities.
Eligibility: Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body will be considered for a grant.
Size of grant available: Up to £2,000 available for equipment for the use of all members of the club but will not fund individual/personal items such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
To apply: Visit the Central Social and Recreational Trust website for more information

Dudley sports clubs networking
On Thursday 3rd May, voluntary and community sports clubs came together at the 3rd sports networking event. A wide range of sports were represented at the event including badminton, canoeing, football and sailing and the event gave clubs the chance to meet each other and share ideas and experiences.

The event was also attended by representatives from Dudley Council, Dudley NHS and the county sports partnership, which gave clubs the chance to learn about local and national priorities, speak to decision-makers personally and influence how they could all work together to increase participation in sport.

Attendees of the event valued the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of CASC (community amateur sports club) status from a registered CASC as well as making connections with people from other sports and being able to decide how to work with other clubs and decision-makers for mutual benefit. Ideas for topics to cover at the next networking event include marketing, funding and working with schools.

A report from the event will be sent to attendees shortly. If anyone else would like to receive the report or learn more about our work with sports clubs, please contact Becky on 01384 267431 / smallgroups@dudleycvs.org.uk or Lorna on 01384 267421 / lorna@dudleycvs.org.uk.

JustGiving for sports clubs
Did you know that registered CASCs (community amateur sports clubs) can raise money and claim gift aid online through JustGiving? JustGiving provides all the tools for CASCs to get started with online fundraising and has just dropped its subscription fees (worth £180 a year). For more on this story, visit: http://www.funding4sport.co.uk/2012/05/02/just-giving-for-sports-clubs/

National Children's Football Week
National Children’s Football Week runs from 30th May-6th June 2012 and aims to celebrate family football by encouraging parents, guardians, teachers, carers and friends to support the children's game. Whether it is a simple kick about in the park, in the garden or with a rolled up piece of paper resulting in a kick about in the living room Children's Football Week is all about children having fun playing football. For more information, visit: www.childrensfootballalliance.com/cfw.html#ncafw?utm_source=Linx+223+-+5+April&utm_campaign=linx223&utm_medium=email.

McDonald’s grants for grassroots football
McDonalds has launched of a new grant scheme to support community football. Clubs can apply for funding £500-£2,500 for such things as:

• improving club facilities;
• grounds-keeping tools;
• training courses; 
• pitch hire;
• van hire;
• washing machines for kit.

Clubs must be recognised by the FA and have at least one team at or below junior (U18) level. There are three application rounds during 2012 and the next deadline is 30th June.

For more information, visit: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/Investment/small-grant.html.

Mars Refuel Drink Fund
£1000 is up for grabs to clubs and individuals every month through the Mars Refuel Drink Fund. This could be put towards travel expenses, equipment, kit etc. and can be used for individuals or teams.

The Mars Refuel Drink Fund in April and has one gold (£1000), four silver (£500) and eight bronze (£250) awards to donate every month until September 2012.

Applicants must be 12 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation. To find out more click visit; http://www.marsrefuel.com/refuel-fund/

sported. awards more than £200,000 in the West Midlands
After launching in winter 2009, sported. has awarded more than £200,000 in grants to sport for development projects in the West Midlands. There are currently two grant schemes available for members with the next Small Grants deadline on 30th June. For more information, visit:

The Black Country BeActive Partnership

The Black Country BeActive Partnership has announced the opening of Round 3 of Sportivate funding to run sports coaching projects for 14-25 year olds across the Black Country. Round 3 will close at 5 p.m. on the 25th of June 2012.

The Funding is available for projects that will run for 6-8 weeks and must be delivered between October 2012 and March 2013.

The BeActive Partnership is particularly interested in receiving applications for projects that are targeting the following:

 - Women and girls
 - Young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS)
 - BME Communities
 - People with disabilities
 - 18-25 year olds
 - Young people in Walsall
 - Young people in areas of deprivation
 - Young people in areas of low participation in sport (Dudley: Castle and Priory, Sandwell: Warley, Walsall: Palfrey, Wolverhampton: St Peters).
 - Young people in areas with a high density of young people (Dudley: St James, Sandwell: West Bromwich, Walsall: Birchills Leamore, Wolverhampton: Blakehall).
 - Young people in areas where Sport England's Ben*, Jamie*, Leanne* and Chloe* market segments are most prevalent

- Dudley: Kingswinford South, Halyey Green, Cradley South, Brierley Hill, Cradley & Foxcote, Norton, Halesowen South
- Sandwell: Smethwick, Abbey, Soho and Victoria
- Walsall: Palfrey and Pleck
- Wolverhampton: St Peters, Park and Blakenhall

The Black Country BeActive Partnership would particularly welcome projects from
- National Governing Bodies of Sport
- Sports Clubs
- Youth Groups
- Voluntary/Community organisations
- Workplaces who employ a high level of young people (up to the age of 25 years)
- Organisations working with young people at risk of offending

Further information regarding how to apply can be found on the Sportivate web page.

Round 3 closes at 5 p.m. on the 25th of June 2012

A Sportivate application workshopfor organisations who are thinking of applying for funding on 22nd of May 2012 between 4.00-6.00pm at the Deckhouse, Waterfront West, Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LW.

Contact Samantha Chilton on 01384 471142 or email Samantha Chilton to book your place

*For details on Sport England Market Segments, click here


Sports Club Networking Event Thursday 3rd May 2012
Voluntary and community sports clubs in Dudley are invited to a Sports Club Networking event in Halesowen between 7pm and 9pm. Dudley CVS has been working with sports clubs and officers from Dudley Council, the NHS, and the Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership to think about the influence that sports clubs have. At a workshop with the PAiCE partnership (Physical Activity in the Community Environment), all officers were eager to meet with local sports clubs. And at our last sports clubs networking session sports clubs expressed a desire to meet with officers.

On 3 May there will be the opportunity to discuss a plan which PAiCE is developing and to meet and talk to:
• Duncan Lowndes, Assistant Director of Culture and Leisure, Dudley MBC
• Andy Webb, Head of Sport and Recreation, Dudley MBC
• Rachel Doyle, Principal Sport and Recreation Officer
• Dean Hill, Physical Activity Programme Manager
• Simon Hall, Black Country BeActive (tbc)
• Ros Partridge, Head of Lifelong Learning, Dudley MBC
• Andy Gray, Chief Officer, Dudley CVS

As with our other sports clubs networking events, this session is also an opportunity to meet people from other sports clubs, share experiences and ideas relating to issues affecting your club and explore  how you can support each other, as well as getting support from other organisations. To register for the event, please visit: http://dudleysports3.eventbrite.com/

Ping! The Public
Sport England has launched a new initiative to boost recreational table tennis across England. Organisations such as sports clubs and other non-profit organisations can apply for a small grant to get their own table. The table must be provided free of charge for people to enjoy. Interested organisations have until 23rd April to register their interest on a short online form by following this link: www.etta.co.uk/news/ping-package and applicants will have a response within 6 weeks. For more on this story, visit: http://www.sportengland.org/about_us/our_news/england_heading_for_summer_of.aspx

Training for Clubs
The Black Country BeActive Sports Partnership offers training to sports clubs across the Black Country on topics of general club management and on more sport specific topics.

To see what training is on offer, go to: http://www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=416 for general club management

and for specific courses;  http://www.the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=417&n=Sport+Specific+Courses   




Celebrate the Olympic year


If you’re thinking of organising a celebration to link with the Olympics, you might want to get some support with running Community Games. Would-be Community Games organisers can sign get ideas, resources, workshops and help with promoting their event through the Community Games website (www.communitygames.or.uk). The next workshop on ‘Organising your Community Games’ is on Tuesday 17th April 2012, 6.30pm-9.30pm at Wolverhampton University’s Walsall campus. For more information and to book, contact Laura Whitehead on laura_whitehead@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk or call 01384 471139.


Alternatively, why not sign up as a Local Leader and receive ideas and tools to make your celebration happen? You might not want to do anything sporty and that’s fine, Local Leaders also has ideas for celebration events such as gardening, quizzes and fun nights in! Visit www.london2012.com/get-involved/local-leaders/index.php for more information.

 Help shape the future of sport in England

With the Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching, sport has rarely had a higher profile in England and Sport England wants to build on this. Sport England is conducting its fourth annual sport satisfaction survey which aims to improve people’s sporting experiences across the country. With your help, Sport England will gain a greater understanding of what motivates people to play sport, the challenges participants face and what can be done to improve sport for you. To take part in the survey and be entered in a prize draw to win up to £250 in High Street vouchers, please visit surveys.ipsosinteractive.com/wix/p1301304602.aspx?engage=1 by 7th May.

Try a new sport! If you fancy trying a new sport, why not do it by raising money at the same time? Gold Challenge can link you with over 30 sports to try and 125 charity partners to fundraise for and registration is free. For more information, visit www.goldchallenge.org.



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