Please see below a selection of case studies from clubs and organisations who have benefited from Sportivate funding:
Peterborough Roller Hockey Club
Peterborough Roller Hockey club heard about the Sportivate project and contacted Living Sport as it sounded perfect for them. As a developing club looking to grow their junior section and provide opportunities for young people to try roller hockey, they applied for and were successfully awarded £1000 to help get new sessions started through supporting with coaching costs, hall hire and equipment.
A 6 week free beginners learn to skate programme was established, providing coaching and free equipment. They had 40 young people aged between 5 – 15years attending, many of whom could not have participated otherwise.
‘Six months on and the junior section is blossoming as the young people are recommending and encouraging their friends to have a go’ Caroline the Club Support Officer explains. Many of the original young people from the Learn to Skate sessions have continued and have now joined the Peterborough Roller Hockey team.
Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society
The Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society (CFPAS) wanted to attract young people into angling and into their club, CFPAS. They wanted to provide a 6 week introduction course covering all aspects of fishing, building and improving their skills and confidence as well as educating them and supporting the participants to be safe and environmentally considerate when fishing. However establishing courses can be a financial risk for them.
After discussion with the Angling Trust they successfully applied to Living Sport for Sportivate funding for £480 and the club was able to put the course on. Eight young people attended the six week course, with the final session becoming a fishing match giving them the chance to put all their new skills to the test. At the end of the course each person received a fishing kit, certificate and medal to help them continue their new skills.
John, the coach, explains ‘ the best moment was when one of the participant’s dad came for the first time, and he sat his dad down and talked and showed him how to fish. It was brilliant. Having the parents learning from the young people means that the family unit will have a sport they can enjoy together’.
Since completing the course four have competed in a junior match, and all the participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence have increased. John describes ‘without the Sportivate funding the course would not have taken place. I would recommend clubs talk to their Governing Body and Living Sport who can support you to develop providing new opportunities’.
This Girl Can Play Squash
Ali, started Cambridge University when she was 18 years old, never having tried Squash. During her time at University she caught the bug for the game and has never looked back, now carving out a full time career within the sport of professional player and coach. It was this impact the game had on her life which inspired her to want to give more young women the chance to try Squash. However with court fees, equipment etc the costs of providing accessible courses that wouldn’t put off young women who just wanted to have a go was a problem. Then Ali heard about Sportivate funding from Living Sport.
After successfully applying, supported by Cambridgeshire Squash and Racket Association, she received £1000 to run five, six week courses for women aged 18-25years a key target group which is lacking in Squash within Cambridgeshire and nationally. The funding allowed Ali to provide a subsided rate of £10 for six weeks, a great incentive for people wanting to try out a new sport.
The course attracted over 40 women playing and getting enthusiastic about Squash. Many of the women are continuing to play, some several times a week. ‘Their skills and confidence in playing sport and squash has increased hugely’ explains Ali ‘I would definitely recommend talking to Living Sport on how they could help you as a coach or club develop’.