Eight in ten (79%) Londoners who participated in physical activity or sport thanks to Tackling Inequalities funding from Sport England have told London Sport they’ve become more active.
In a survey, which marked the end of the Tackling Inequalities Funding (TIF), London Sport found that three in four (75%) participants felt ‘more connected to others’ after re-engaging with physical activity.
The survey results demonstrate just a small part of the impact that the Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund, launched in April 2020, has had on the capital over the past two years.
Many respondents cited how TIF activities helped them take critical first steps; to leave households, socially connect in public settings, and overcome safety concerns linked to covid-19.
London Sport has distributed more than £600k of investment into 75 organisations across 26 boroughs, supporting the development and delivery of 82 projects for less active Londoners.
Specifically, we distributed to groups working with people with long-term health conditions, deaf and disabled people, lower socio-economic groups and ethnically diverse communities.
Funding was weighted towards areas with the highest levels of deprivation, such as Barking & Dagenham, Croydon, Newham, and Southwark (23 projects across these four boroughs).
One Southwark project saw Coin Street Neighbourhood Trust work with Kings College University to offer women sole access to a gym facility at weekends with support from student athlete mentors.
Elsewhere, London Sport Awards winners Rathbone ABC delivered weekly non-contact boxing sessions at Churchill Gardens with the residents’ association, youth club and Met Police.
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