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Exercise Projects Can Benefit From £200k Of Grants


Apr 16, 2015 #North East, #Sports

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.25.19TABLE tennis aerobics is just one initiative to benefit from grants for physical activity programmes in Middlesbrough – and there is still almost £200,000 available.

Middlesbrough Council’s Public Health Physical Activity Fund has already awarded cash to three innovative projects aimed at getting people active.

They are:

  • Ormesby Table Tennis Club will receive £1,410 towards the cost of introducing aerobic table tennis. The funding will pay for staff training and delivery of 20 sessions, ten within the club and ten within local schools and businesses.
  • Bangladeshi Overseas Ladies Organisation (BOLO) to receive £1,680 to pay for weekly Zumba/Indian dance sessions for 24 weeks.
  • Family Support & Wellbeing Group approved £1,898 to provide inter-generational fitness sessions including fitness, yoga and self-defence classes.

Alan Ransome from Ormesby Table Tennis Club said: “We think aerobic table tennis is a terrific programme, it will bring a lot more girls and women into the sport by the use of aerobics and sport to introduce the activity.

“We believe once they have played some table tennis they will enjoy the sport and become long term participants.”

The £200k in the fund is made up of £60k for small grants and £140k for large-scale projects.

Small grants of up to £2k are available and must meet one or more of three priorities which are getting people active in your area, getting people active to help long term health conditions and changing the environment.

The larger grants are for anything over £2k and must meet the same criteria as the smaller grants.

Sharon Barker, Middlesbrough Council’s Voluntary Sector Coordinator, said: “This is a great opportunity for groups to receive the help they require in setting up or developing projects to help people get active and improve their health.

“We have already helped three brilliant programmes and hope to help many more through this fantastic public health initiative.”

  • If you require any further information or an application form please contact Sharon Barker on 01642 729127 or email her at sharon_barker@middlesbrough.gov.uk

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