Together with Reds in the Community, we have been awarded £436,000 to use football to boost the activity levels of people in Barnsley.
An exciting new programme from Sport England, funded by the National Lottery, and delivered by the Football Foundation will support targeted communities in Barnsley to get more active. Active Through Football is providing Barnsley Council and Reds in the Community, on behalf of a group of organisations with revenue funding to increase participation in football. The consortium went through a competitive process to secure the funding which was open to a shortlist of areas across the country where we see some of the greatest inequalities preventing communities from being physically active.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: "This is really great news for our people in Barnsley, especially communities in Kendray and Worsbrough. The funding received from the Active Through Football programme will help us to make sure that physical activity is accessible to even more people, which will hopefully have great benefits on the physical and mental health of our communities."
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, added: "There is a reason why football is followed and played by so many the world over. It brings people together and helps build connections in communities. It’s also the sport that is played the most in England and has a reach into places where our research shows activity levels are lower. Sport England is proud to be one of the funding partners helping to tackle these inequalities and to support more people from a variety of backgrounds to enjoy playing football and all the benefits that brings."
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "This grant award to Barnsley Council and Reds in the Community is fantastic news for the local community in Kendray and Worsbrough. Football is a game for everyone - regardless of their background - and it’s only right that people across all walks of life are able to play the nation’s favourite game.
"Over the past 21 years, we have been working with communities up and down the country to ensure everyone has access to play football.
"Thanks to Sport England National Lottery Investment, this new project will help to transform people’s lives by developing various activities in Kendray and Worsbrough, unlocking the many benefits of football for the community."