Funding Received to Support Opening School Facilities
Posted: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 09:04
SASP have received funding from Sport England to distribute to help young people most affected during the Covid-19 pandemic to resume activity. The Opening Schools Facilities Funding aims to support targeted groups of those most affected across Somerset and interested Schools are invited in the first instance to submit a simple expression of interest.
The objective of this work is to support schools to open their facilities outside of the normal school day (evenings, weekends, and holidays) to allow young people more opportunities to be physically active.
The support / funding should be targeted predominantly to support schools with a high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals, the least active and to provide more opportunities for pupils with SEND to take part in activities. Active Partnerships would use local intelligence to identify schools that do not use, or only have limited access to, their school sport facilities outside the school day, identify the barriers to opening up their premises and facilitate solutions to support schools.
We want to develop relationships with local sport providers as well as National Governing Bodies of Sport to ensure that young people have access to a high quality and varied offer of sport and physical activity opportunities, which meets the needs of their pupils, including the least active. This could include making links between schools, to maximise use of affordable facilities across the local area.
The benefits for schools are...
• Short Term: Schools will receive support to help reduce the burden on school staff of taking steps to open their premises (when it is safe to do so) outside of the school day to deliver both extra-curricular and community sessions to benefit young people.
• Longer Term: Pupils will benefit from having greater access and opportunity to take part in activities after school, at weekends and during holidays.
Where appropriate, schools may be able to develop a reasonable sustainable income generation from leasing their premises to external organisations at affordable rates
For further information or to discuss any ideas and projects further, please email email@example.com and complete the expression of interest by 26th April.