Back in May, Sport England revealed their new strategy: Towards an Active Nation. As part of this strategy there are some new funding opportunities which could be really useful to your club.

All the details on these new funds, how to apply and when they are available can be found on the Sport England website but here is a little information on the Community Asset Fund.

Community Asset Fund

This 7.5m fund will be open for bids in 2017 and will be used to help transform community sports facilities. Sport England are interested in talking to lots of different sports clubs and organisations with ideas to create or improve opportunities for people to play sport and get active.

Who can apply?

• A community organisation looking to take over a sports facility that might be under threat of closure or is underused.
• A sports club that wants to expand or improve the sporting experience you offer your customers.
• People who simply have a great idea for a project, like making physical improvements to a building or open space, that’s clearly needed in the local community

What they're looking for

As well as underused spaces which could be opened for sport, Sport England have said they are interested in hearing from organisations who would like to repair, expand or improve a community sports facility.

RYA Regional Development Officer Tony Wood said: “This is a good time of year to have a think about what your clubs needs to grow and become sustainable whether that’s new boats for beginners, improvements to changing rooms or repairs for a damaged roof.

“There are some changes in the funding opportunities and it’s always good to get in early with bids so I would advise clubs to keep an eye on the Sport England website and to speak to a Regional Development Officer if you would like any further advice”.
More information on funding can be found here