The Department for Education has announced an investment of 10.1 million of funding into schools across England this academic year to help enable existing school sports to be opened outside of school hours.
(Full press release available here)
This investment will increase the funding available to support schools to open their facilities outside of school hours. This new funding will support schools to make longer-term, sustainable changes to make the best use of their facilities and to build on work started with their local Active Partnerships.
For BF affiliated schools and those clubs who already operate on many school sites in England this is exciting news that will accelerate a return to fencing activity. The funding will be primarily used to create COVID secure facilities, including additional signage and touch free entry, that will hugely benefit all those making use of the sites.
The sports facilities funding will be distributed through Sport England and their county level networks, Active Partnerships. Active Partnerships will work with schools to target the investment and schools will be given the opportunity to bid for the funding and encouraged to collaborate with local sport providers to provide the right opportunities for young people.
More about Active Partnerships
Active Partnerships work to help communities tackle inactivity in their area and manage programmes and services to make sport and activity available to all. There are 43 Active Partnerships across England who focus on building relationships with local partners and collaborating across areas, focusing on inactive people and under represented groups. To find your local partnership or to discover more visit their website here.
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