The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has just published details of organisations that will receive a share of the multi-sport grassroots facilities programme in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The programme provides funding to make essential facility and pitch improvements, so that these communities have a high-quality pitch to play on.
A mixture of projects have been selected as part of the 2021/22 programme, for their ability to deliver improved facilities in deprived areas, support multi-sport use and increase participation among currently under-represented groups — this focuses primarily on women and girls, disabled players and those in deprived areas.
Of the 100 or so projects funded, we can find just 6 in the South West region (South Hams, Tewksbury, Sedgemoor, Cornwall, Plymouth and the City of Bristol).
For further details about the multi-use grassroots facilities programme and listings of funded projects across the UK, please visit the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) website.
Image: YMCA Plymouth received a grant of £51,987 from the multi-use grassroots facilities programme to refurbished a Hybrid Surface at the YMCA Discovery College in Plymouth, Devon. The local clubs – YMCA Plymouth FC and YMCA Kitto FC – will make use of the facility for training purposes and some recreational sessions that they offer. The YMCA will utilise the facility to further their college enrichment programme and offer social and recreational sessions for the local community in conjunction with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust. The Trust utilise the space for the Active Through Football programme in the deprived Honiknowle area of Plymouth.