Nearly a quarter of a million pounds of Sport England funding has been awarded to Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to ‘Motivate!’ sports fans in the region to get active.
A huge programme of free and heavily subsidised sports sessions will be rolled out across the area over the course of the next three years under the ‘Motivate!’ programme, delivered by the Community Trust in conjunction with a stellar team of top local coaches and tie-ins with existing clubs.
Sports that are already in operation around the Blackburn with Darwen area include football, futsal, walking football, archery, badminton, basketball, goal-ball, gym/fitness, line dancing, netball and walking, with plans to introduce further sessions in cricket, rounders and much more in the coming months.
There are sessions open to all over the age of 13, with a particular emphasis on making sports accessible to groups who have been identified as being less regular participants in our area, including specific women-only sessions and other activities designed to be inclusive to those from minority groups or with a disability.
It has all been made possible thanks to Sport England using lottery funding to grant £225,000 over three years to the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, and CEO Gary Robinson is thrilled to see his successful organisation growing even further. He explained:
“The Trust is thriving at the moment, with huge participation numbers across a wide range of sports thanks to the many programmes we run, so now that we can add the great variety of Motivate! activities to the list, we’ll have an event to suit pretty much everybody in the borough.
“We’re delighted that Sport England have put their faith in us to deliver this concept in the Blackburn with Darwen area, and we have been very encouraged with participation numbers in the first few sessions that have taken place since the idea got the green light.”
David Dunwell, funding development officer at BRCT, added:
“We have been working hard to put together an unbelievably strong team of coaches to deliver Motivate!, capitalising on years of experience and qualifications through a combination of exceptional individuals and renowned clubs in our town.
“We can’t wait to see all the positive results that we expect this campaign to bring – introducing new people to sport, reintroducing people to activities they’d previously not been able to undertake for a variety of reasons, or helping others to add an extra edge to their abilities if they’re already keen on physical activity.”
Motivate! sits alongside around 40 other Sport England-funded projects across the country that are sharing the rewards of an £8.2m National Lottery funding pot.
To find out more about the fantastic range of sporting activities that Motivate! provides – either free or at a nominal admission fee – follow @BRFCMotivate on Facebook