National Lottery funding secured to tackle activity inequalities

Fusion Lifestyle has been awarded £5300 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund.  The fund aims work with partners to tackle inequalities in activity levels and reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19. 

The funding award will allow the team at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to work with Look Ahead.  Look Ahead is a charity who run local hostels for residents with complex needs.  Their mission is to work with people to achieve goals and take control of their lives.

The programme will focus on the improvement of physical and mental wellbeing and will see individuals attend weekly sessions at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre.  At the centre they will be able to take part in a swim followed by a studio session featuring the centre's new Cardio Wall.

The bespoke Cardio Wall has been supplied by Rugged Interactive, who use the latest innovative technology to create interactive products specifically designed to motivate people of all abilities to keep both mind and body fit and active for longer.  Rugged Interactive have proven results in improving both physical and mental health. 

Sport England's work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not, don't widen further. 

With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channelled £110,000 through Kent Sport to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of the pandemic.

This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both ongoing pandemic and early recovery stages. 

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England's Chief Executive, said:

"We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to Fusion Lifestyles Sport Development Team in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental, and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-enforced these.

Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England."

Gemma Carrick, Sport and Community Development Officer for Fusion Lifestyle: "This is a great community project that the team at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre is excited to being working on. They love being able to give back to those that have really suffered as a result of COVID over the past 2 years." 

Councillor Jane March, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure said: 'We are very pleased that our facilities can be used to support this initiative to improve individuals' physical and mental wellbeing. The sports centres offer a wide range of activities for all, and new centre users will always be welcomed.'