Sport England recognises that volunteers have always played a vital part in the sports and physical activity sector and without them most community sport and physical activity simply wouldn’t happen.
In January 2017 Sport England will be launching two new funds within its new volunteering strategy which will support projects for groups where significant untapped potential has been identified. The new funds are the “Opportunity Fund” which aims to create volunteering opportunities for people facing disadvantage such as those in communities where there is high unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health. At least 50% of the available funding will go to projects that are run by partners that are new to Sport England.
The “Potentials Fund” will support projects that target young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old who are interested in doing something for their community but who haven’t regularly volunteered in the past. Sport and physical activity should be involved but it doesn’t have to be the sole focus.
Further information will be available in January 2017 with the funds opening for applications in February 2017.