National Lottery funding given to get more people active through football in Oldham – Saddleworth Independent
The sum of £ 447,995 has been awarded to Oldham Council to use football to increase residents’ activity levels.
An exciting new Sport England program, funded by the National Lottery and offered by the Football Foundation, will help target communities in West Oldham become more active.
Active Through Football is providing Oldham Council, on behalf of a consortium of local organizations – which includes Oldham Athletic Community Trust, Action Together, ForHousing and the West Oldham Trust – with revenue funding to increase participation in football.
The consortium went through a competitive process to secure funding that was open to a restricted list of regions across the country where we are seeing some of the biggest inequalities preventing communities from being physically active.
The project will target people aged 16 and over, especially low-income people, the unemployed, people from ethnically diverse communities, women and girls, and those whose mental well-being would benefit from their involvement in the project. this type of project.
By focusing on a specific area of the borough, football will be used as a way to bring people together, creating a common goal and shared values, as well as helping more people become active by removing some of the common obstacles. to participation.
This will be done by investing and working with community groups and voluntary organizations that are best placed and already have trusting relationships with the residents the project hopes to reach.
Councilor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Services, said: “This project is great news for Oldham and our residents.
“Football helps break down barriers and this funding will help us reach some of our most marginalized communities who, through no fault of their own, sometimes face various barriers in order to be active. Thanks to this project, they will have real opportunities to get involved in sport as players, volunteers and coaches.
“We want all of our residents to be fit and healthy and this project will provide physical and mental health benefits, while helping to create a real sense of community.”