Sport England funding gives people the chance to get active in Yate

November 03 2015

A NEW scheme aimed at encouraging more people in Yate to become active has been given the go-ahead.

A NEW scheme aimed at encouraging more people in Yate to become active has been given the go-ahead.
The SportsPound project has been backed to the tune of £171,324 by Sport England and will be based in each of South Gloucestershire’s six priority neighbourhoods, including Yate.
It is due to be launched in early 2016 and last for three years, with South Gloucestershire Council running it in conjunction with leisure centres and sports clubs.
The SportsPound will be in the form of free vouchers that can be exchanged for a variety of sports sessions, covering activities from aquarobics to zumba.
A team of “activators” will be based in each of the priority neighbourhoods to create sports sessions that meet the needs of those who will benefit from the project.
They will also give out SportsPound vouchers to those who are new to sport or want to return after a break.
The scheme is based on a successful pilot recently held in Filton, which led to the starting of new netball sessions and people having a go at aquarobics, women’s fitness classes and bowls for the first time.
South Gloucestershire Council chairwoman, Erica Williams, said it was hoped to inspire more than 5,000 people to give a sport a go during the three years.
She said: “This project will help raise the profile of local sport and ensure residents are involved in developing activities which work for them.”
More details are available on the council’s website or by phoning 01454 865821.