Christchurch & East Dorset Partnership Awarded Sport England Community Sport Activation Fund0
Sport England has given a £221,000 Community Sport Activation Fund Award to Christchurch & East Dorset Partnership.
The ‘Activate Coast & Countryside’ project is a three-year project to improve the fitness and health of residents and builds upon the successful ‘Activate 1000’ East Dorset project and will encourage regular participation in informal sport through a range of taster and beginner opportunities across Christchurch and East Dorset.
Activities will be delivered from three high profile sites – Moors Valley Country Park, Highcliffe Castle and Kingston Lacy National Trust as well as key community locations. This area focus is a key element of the Christchurch and East Dorset Corporate Plan, which sets out the need to encourage local people to engage with local green space to gain health benefits.
Activities for adults and families will be based around cycling, running, golf, petanque, angling, rounders, canoeing, surfing, orienteering and health walks and will incorporate a number of ‘community games’ to promote opportunities. Each activity will have a strong progression pathway to ensure people continue to participate regularly. The project aims to engage with approximately 1,800 new people each year.
Due to the wide scope of activities included in this new project, a host of new partners and contacts has been developed including local clubs, organisations and national governing bodies of sport. Kingston Lacy National Trust, The Forestry Commission and Dorset County Council are key partners in the project, which has a total cost of £335,000.