More than £3 million in new grants awarded to get Britain moving

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has today announced new grants totalling £3,252,150 through its two funding programmes to encourage more people in the UK to get active. This latest round of funding brings the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £86 million.

This new funding includes £2.4 million across four Strategic Partnership Grants that will deliver projects across the UK to challenge inequality of access to physical activity and sport among some of The Trust’s target audiences. The Trust awarded:

  • £1,000,000 to Alliance of Sport, who will work with the Youth Justice Board to use sport to engage and improve health and life outcomes for more than 11,200 BAME children at risk of entering, or who are already disproportionately involved in, the Criminal Justice System in selected locations in England and Wales.
  • £820,000 to London United’s London Kicks programme, to encourage 5,000 inactive girls and young women living in economically and socially deprived neighbourhoods to participate in football and physical activity.
  • £500,000 to London Youth to extend the Getting Active programme, a twelve-week series of exercise sessions for young people, to nine Outer London boroughs.
  • £75,000 to Rackets Cubed to extend their integrated sports, education and nutrition programmes to local children across 20 new sites across the UK.

Rackets Cubed

James Mapstone, Chief Executive of the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice, said: “We are hugely grateful for the faith shown in us by The London Marathon Charitable Trust and immensely proud to lead this important project on their behalf. Their support endorses our core belief in the power of sport to reduce violence, crime and reoffending.”

Keith Fraser, Board Member of the Youth Justice Board, added: “This grant from The Trust presents a significant opportunity to have a huge positive impact on the lives of many young people. This initiative is building on the past work and entering new ground in a focused and evidenced way.”

Sarah Ebanja, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and member of London United, said: “London United’s fourteen professional football clubs are delighted to be collaborating with LMCT to use the power of the beautiful game to get more girls and women physically active. This applies regardless of fitness levels, age, disability – it’s a sport that all can get involved in – from recreational, grassroots, through to professional”.

Zoe Mellis, Head of Sport & Culture at London Youth, said: “The Trust's belief in community youth organisations is something that we are incredibly grateful for. Now we can continue to help young Londoners across the city, particularly those in outer boroughs, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and reap the benefits of playing regular sport.”

Michael Hill, Founder & Chairman of Rackets Cubed, said: “Thanks to this grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Rackets Cubed will offer more children in areas of high disadvantage the chance to play sport using quality facilities.”

A further £857,000 was awarded to 21 organisations through The Trust’s Facilities Grants Programme, including:

  • £100,000 to Blackheath Squash Club towards the construction of two new squash courts to host targeted sessions and an autism friendly racketball programme.
  • £30,000 to the London Borough of Lambeth for floodlight installation on the Artificial Grass Pitch at Myatt’s Field Park, supporting Lambeth Tigers FC who use football to inspire young people in deprived neighbourhoods.

Myatt's FIelds Park, London Borough of Lambeth
Photo credit: London Borough of Lambeth

  • £20,000 to The Barnes Sports Club Limited towards an additional artificial surface 5-a-side area and other improvements to the facility, providing more opportunities for the local community to participate in hockey and other sports.
  • £9,400 to Restorative Justice for All to purchase a new fully accessible sailing boat and sailing equipment at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre, encouraging young people with disabilities to develop their sailing skills.

Kevin Clark, Chairman of Blackheath Squash Club, said: “'We are hugely grateful to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for this funding. It is a huge boost to helping us secure and improve our facilities for our local community and increase their participation in squash, racketball and other activities.”

David Marriott, a Director and Head Coach at Lambeth Tigers, said: “This grant is going to have a direct positive impact for young people in this neighbourhood. There's a critical shortage of safe spaces to play after school and with lights we will be able to let kids use our pitch all year round."

Chris Worgan, Chairman of Hounslow & Barnes Hockey Club, said: “The Barnes Sports Club is immensely grateful to receive this grant from The Trust, which will enable us to continue to provide an excellent hockey venue for local schools, universities and our own thriving adult and junior hockey club. Thank you!”

Theo Gavrielides, Founder & Director of Restorative Justice for All, said: “With this funding, the Restorative Justice for All International Institute will implement the values of restorative justice through watersports, bringing young people together to learn about what unites rather than what divides them.”

The full list of grants announced by The Trust:


Selected locations in England and Wales Alliance of Sport Towards physical activity programmes that will engage and improve health and life outcomes for over 11,200 BAME children who are at risk of entering, or who are already disproportionately involved in the Criminal Justice System in selected locations in England and Wales. £1,000,000.00
Outer London Boroughs London Youth Towards extending London Youth's Getting Active programme to nine Outer London boroughs. £500,000.00
Selected locations in England Rackets Cubed Towards extending the Rackets Cubed initiative to up to 20 new sites. £75,000.00
London Boroughs, Tower Hamlets London Borough of Tower Hamlets Towards creating a ‘community campus’ on the Teviot Estate in Poplar in partnership with Poplar HARCA and Manorfield Primary School, supporting a programme of activities to enhance the health and wellbeing of local residents and particularly for families with children aged under 16. £250,000.00
London Boroughs, Greenwich Blackheath Squash Rackets Club Towards constructing two new squash courts at Blackheath Squash Club that will host targeted female sessions, Squash 101 sessions targeting young people leading sedentary lives and an autism friendly racketball programme. £100,000.00
London Boroughs, Greenwich Meridian Sports & Social Club Towards new women’s changing facilities and improved accessibility at Meridian Sports and Social Club, enabling more disabled participants to use the facilities and the Club to host more women and junior girls’ football. £86,400.00
Surrey, Waverly Borough Council Blackheath Cricket Club Towards the refurbishment of Rushett Common Cricket Ground (The Grafham Ground) pavilion to improve the changing facilities and increase storage space, enabling the Club to grow and develop women’s and girls’ cricket. £79,200.00
London Boroughs, Redbridge Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Towards a four lane all-weather net training facility at Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club in East London, enabling the Club to engage more women and girls in playing cricket and create opportunities for sustained year-round practice and play for teams of all ages. £54,400.00
London Boroughs, Waltham Forest Woodford Rugby Ground Limited Towards the installation of a new drainage system on the rugby pitch at Woodford Rugby Club, enabling more women and girls to play rugby and increasing physical activity of the Club's members and the local community. £35,000.00
London Boroughs, Lambeth London Borough of Lambeth Towards installation of LED floodlights on the Artificial Grass Pitch at Myatt's Fields Park, supporting Lambeth Tigers FC who use football to provide inspiration to young people in deprived neighbourhoods. £30,000.00
London Boroughs, Merton Archbishop Tenison's School Sports Group Limited Towards repairing the roof of Archbishop Tenison's School Sports Group clubhouse to provide first class facilities for users with a place to socialise after games and to make the building more energy efficient. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Hounslow The Barnes Sports Club Limited Towards an artificial surface 5-a-side area and toilet block at Hounslow and Barnes Hockey Club, enabling the club and wider community, particularly children and young people, to take part in additional hockey training and a range of sports such as 5-a-side football. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Brent Century Bowling & Sports Club Towards replacing the soon-to-be obsolete indoor bowling green lighting system with a new energy efficient system, to improve the playing environment and ensure this well used indoor bowling green continues to be available for play all year round. £20,000.00
Surrey, Mole Valley District Council Leatherhead Cricket Club Towards developing a new four-bay fully enclosed cricket nets at Leatherhead Cricket Club, allowing cricket training sessions and games to be played simultaneously and introducing and retaining more members, especially juniors and girls, to play cricket. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Enfield London Borough of Enfield Towards playground redevelopments at Waverley School that will create new stimulating, inclusive and accessible play spaces for both pupils and local children and young people with disabilities within the wider community. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Newham London Otters Rowing Club Towards purchasing new pair/double rowing boats so the London Otters Rowing Club can hold more beginners’ courses and increase their membership capacity, enabling more people to participate in rowing. £20,000.00
Surrey, Guildford Puttenham Parish Council Towards refurbishing a popular village playground in Puttenham, including new play equipment to encourage more children to exercise through play, and installing a new outdoor gym to encourage older adults and teenagers to be physically active. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Kingston Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Towards a range of outdoor gym and physical activity equipment at Canbury Gardens to encourage a wide range of community audiences including the elderly, those with mobility restrictions and families to participate in physical activity. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Croydon South London Harriers Towards a new roof for the South London Harriers Clubhouse Headquarters in Coulsdon to provide greater opportunities for people to participate in a variety of sports and exercises classes as well as a space for socialising afterwards. £20,000.00
London Boroughs, Lambeth London Borough of Lambeth Towards the creation of a trim trail at Stockwell Primary School, encouraging pupils to walk or run the trail as part of the Daily Mile initiative and supporting wider community use to improve fitness and wellbeing. £15,000.00
London Boroughs, Southwark Restorative Justice for All Towards purchasing a new fully accessible sailing boat and sailing equipment, encouraging young people with disabilities to develop their sailing skills, become more physically active and feel more included by mixing participants with disabilities with more able peers during sailing sessions at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre. £9,400.00
Surrey, Guildford Normandy Community Therapy Garden Towards new raised planters at Normandy Community Therapy Garden making gardening activities accessible for a wide range of individuals including those with physical and learning disabilities as well as stroke and Alzheimer’s sufferers. £7,200.00
Surrey, Mole Valley District Council Surrey County Council Towards the extension of an all-weather surface at Charlwood Village Primary School, allowing more school pupils to try different sports and participate in team sports and enable the local community to access the facility and benefit from outdoor play. £7,000.00
Surrey, Surrey Heath Bagshot Cricket Club Towards two new storage containers at Bagshot Cricket Club, increasing both the security and lifespan of the club’s equipment. £3,550.00

The next deadline to submit grant applications to The Trust is Wednesday 11 December 2019.