Lottery funding brings free sport to south Leamington

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South Leamington residents can enjoy free sports activities over the next two years thanks to more than £110,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

People will be able to take part in Zumba, rounders, dodgeball, climbing and more.

Sessions will be in community venues and parks across Brunswick and Willes wards, including Westbury community centre and The Sydni Centre, starting in July.

Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs (WAYC) is leading a partnership with Warwick District Council, Sky Blues in the Community and Support Sport Ltd to increase participation and volunteering in sports by people living in the two wards.

William Clemmey, chief executive for WAYC, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund. We look forward to seeing people across south Leamington enjoy all sorts of non-traditional sports - whether it’s dance, T’ai Chi or orienteering, there’ll be something for everyone.”

The partnership is one of 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

Designed in response to demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund allows authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for projects that will get more people playing sport.

Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White, a trustee of WAYC, said: “This investment by Sport England is fantastic news.

“Having opportunities on the doorstep will make it really easy for everyone to join in.

“Our area has a very strong sporting tradition with many activities taking place locally.

“After recovering from running the Two Castles race earlier this month, I’m looking forward to joining the family sports days being planned.”

The Community Sport Activation Fund is investing a total of £47.5 million of funding over five funding rounds.

Already 156 projects have shared in £27.2 million of funding.