Sporting organisations from Cornwall have attended a public forum with Sport England at Truro County Hall where funding for their projects was outlined.

On Wednesday 1st February Nick Lockwood from Sport England presented the aims they have in Cornwall as well as the £15 million budget available for local organisations and clubs.

Lockwood explained the stages people go through when taking part in sport and how they correlate with where the funding will be given. A large proportion of the budget will be given to contemplation, preparation and action.

Size of bids can range from £1,000 to £150,000, the largest amount being given to exceptional and unique projects. Applications opened in January 2017 and awards are allocated from February 2017 onwards.

One club looking for funding is Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling. They are looking to engage young people with the sport, which is in line with Sport England’s aims to get more young people active.

Sport England’s aim is to find and fund the best projects in Cornwall and to “create a more resilient, sustainable and less grant dependent sport sector”.

Cornwall Sport Partnership’s Tim Marrion told Truthfal: “there’s a challenge to get people active that is why we have this target of getting 50,000 people more active.”

He added that the way people get active doesn’t have to be through playing sport, it could be cycling to work or walking to the shops instead of taking the car.

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