New grants totalling almost £1.7 million announced to inspire activity across the country

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has today announced new grants totalling £1,691,031 to get more people active.

More than £530,000 was awarded nationally across two new Strategic Partnership Grants and more than £1.1 million was awarded to Facilities Grant Programme projects in London and Surrey. This latest round of funding takes the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £80 million.

Sporting Equals received a grant of £327,000 to help 1,500 BAME children and young people across ten faith groups in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Slough get more active and playing new sports.

Arun Kang, Sporting Equals CEO, said: “We are delighted to be working with London Marathon Charitable Trust on this important project which we strongly believe will make it easier for inactive BAME communities to become more physically active and adopt healthier lifestyles.”

The Trust also awarded £205,950 to the Doorstep Sport programme by StreetGames to set up five new year-round activity programmes of various sports for 12–20 years olds across Newcastle, Liverpool and Merthyr Tydfil.

Jane Ashworth OBE, StreetGames CEO, said: “The generous support of The London Marathon Charitable Trust means a great deal to the team here at StreetGames, and will likely mean even more to the 2,000 disadvantaged young people who stand to benefit from this incredible grant. On behalf of StreetGames, its clusters, and all of these soon-to-be participants, thank you.”

One of the Major Facilities Grants went to the Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club, which was awarded a grant of £150,000 towards the creation of a new gymnasium and sensory room to provide bespoke facilities for children with a disability.

Liz Taylor, Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful for this grant that will enable the club to be even more inclusive, allowing more people to become and remain physically active through gymnastics.”

The London Borough of Haringey has also been awarded a grant of £110,000 towards the Finsbury Park Anniversary Playground. £100,000 of this will fund the refurbishment of the Under 8’s play area, including the installation of a zip-wire, innovative climbing frame, nets, slides and low ropes, and an additional £10,000 will support the marketing and programme of activities celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Finsbury Park.

Stephen McDonnell, Haringey Council’s Director of Environment and Neighbourhoods, said: “We welcome this grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The soon-to-be refurbished Under 8's play area will be a fantastic place for young children to enjoy. We encourage residents and visitors to celebrate this new equipment being officially unveiled at our Play Day Festival on Thursday 1 August.”

Small Facilities Grants recipients included the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames who, working with the Weir Archer Academy Athletics Club established by David Weir (CBE) and Jenny Archer (MBE) as part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy, received a £20,000 grant to build an 80 square metre all-weather indoor wheelchair sports training facility.

Sarah Ireland, Director of Corporate and Commercial at Kingston Council, said: “We would like to thank The London Marathon Charitable Trust for their generosity and everyone involved for their hard work in making this happen.”

The full list of grants announced by The Trust:

London, Birmingham, Manchester and Slough Sporting Equals Towards inspiring 1,500 BAME children and young people to become more active and playing new sports by engaging 10 faith centres in selected Asian, African and Caribbean communities in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Slough. £327,000.00
Newcastle, Liverpool and Merthyr Tydfil StreetGames Towards expanding StreetGames Doorstep Sport programme for 2,000 12 –20 years olds into three new cluster areas - Newcastle, Liverpool and Merthyr Tydfil - and enable the establishment of five new year-round, activity programmes in each of the areas. £205,950.00
Aylesbury Vale The Royal Latin School Towards a new fitness suite at The Royal Latin School as part of the development of a new Sports Campus at the site which will offer a range of inclusive and welcoming physical activity opportunities for the local community, school pupils and staff. £150,000.00
London Boroughs Enfield London Borough of Enfield Towards the resurfacing of nine netball courts, six of which will have dual use with tennis at Broomfield Park in Palmers Green, Enfield which will provide a high quality and sustainable facility enabling more people, particularly women to participate in and enjoy outdoor netball and tennis. £150,000.00
London Boroughs Islington London Borough of Islington Towards the replacement of the pavilion at Wray Crescent Open Space in order to re-establish it as the home of community cricket in Islington in partnership with Islington Cricket Club, Pacific Cricket Club and local primary and secondary schools. £150,000.00
London Boroughs Westminster Walterton and Elgin Community Homes Towards the transformation of an underused outdoor space on the Elgin Estate in Westminster into a health and fitness focused community garden. The garden will have three zones, the fitness court will include a sports pitch accommodating five-a-side football and basketball with an adjacent gym providing opportunities for individual and group exercise; a public entrance from the Harrow Road will provide opportunities for informal community gathering and exercise and the garden overlooking the sports pitch will provide space for reflection or occasional community events. £150,000.00
Surrey Mole Valley District Council Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club Towards the creation of a new gymnasium, sensory room and larger reception area at Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club, providing bespoke facilities for children with a disability and increasing the capacity and accessibility of the site. £150,000.00
London Boroughs Haringey London Borough of Haringey Towards the refurbishment of the under 8's play area and the installation of a large climbing frame, nets, slides and low ropes as part of the Finsbury Park Anniversary Playground marking the park’s 150th year and a revenue grant towards publicity, marketing and programmed activity. £110,000.00
London Boroughs Greenwich London Borough of Greenwich Towards the re-surfacing of three playgrounds at Newhaven School in Greenwich - the main school playground, assessment centre playground and the NEST (Newhaven Educational Support Team) playground. Pitch markings will allow different sports to be played on them and the safe surface will create greater opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of sports and physical activity all year round. £77,968.00
London Boroughs\Bromley The Charles Darwin Academy Trust Towards improvements to a gym facility located at Charles Darwin Leisure Centre, enabling the delivery of targeted sessions for women, girls and those less likely to be active and supporting the sustainability of a community leisure facility. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Islington Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust Towards refurbishing the Sports Hall and toilet facilities at Elizabeth House, including installing PV solar panels, enabling a greater variety of activities to take place while reducing the carbon footprint of the facilities, creating an attractive environment for more groups to participate in physical activity. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Kingston Achieving for Children Towards the equipping of an outside space at Achieving for Children’s new Respite Centre at Moor Lane which will introduce and encourage disabled children and young people to become physically active and encourage peer interaction and bonding. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Kingston Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Towards the building of a single storey, 80 square meter dedicated indoor wheelchair sports training facility for disabled athletes. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames working with Weir Archer Academy Athletics Club, established by David Weir (CBE) and Jenny Archer (MBE) as part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy, will set up a new indoor training facility on the Kingsmeadow site in Kingston upon Thames, enabling them to grow the Club and encourage more young people with disabilities to participate in physical exercise and wheelchair based sports. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Southwark Walworth Garden Towards a weather-proof shelter, secure bicycle rack, paths and an area with cover for exercise and sensory plants for the path edges. The funding will enable the horticultural garden centre in Southwark to support its grow therapy programmes aimed at improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people in the community through gardening and exercise. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Waltham Forest Chingford Cricket Club Towards renovations to the clubhouse at Chingford Cricket Club including improvements to the wheelchair accessibility of the club, creating new playing opportunities for disabled users, children, women and girls. £20,000.00
Surrey Elmbridge Old Cranleighan Society Towards the provision of new floodlights at the Old Cranleigh Society rugby pitch, supporting the development of rugby for children and young people, the growth of women's rugby and training and competitive fixtures for adult and veteran competitive sides. £20,000.00
Surrey Mole Valley District Council South Bookham SPACE Ltd Towards the construction of a fully accessible clubhouse at South Bookham SPACE with a viewing balcony and kitchen; creating additional space for new and varied activities to be hosted, encouraging more people to participate in physical activity, and developing a club environment for the existing groups using the facilities, supporting growth in memberships. £20,000.00
London Boroughs Merton London Borough of Merton Towards a 200m running track at Cricket Green School, meeting the PIPA standard, which will create new opportunities for children with multiple needs to become physically active, as well as benefitting other local schools and communities. £16,150.00
London Boroughs Greenwich The AHOY Centre Towards an additional Safety Boat at the AHOY Centre in Greenwich enabling the expansion of water-based training, and growth of the programmes to support more young people at risk and disabled people to become physically active. £14,500.00
London Boroughs Richmond Hampton Hill Cricket Club Towards the provision of a permanent storage facility, allowing Hampton Hill Cricket Club to continue to grow their activities in competitive cricket and continue to develop new activities targeting junior players and women and girls. £13,200.00
London Boroughs Hammersmith & Fulham London Sports Trust Towards the purchase of new kayaks and equipment that will allow London Sports Trust to reach more young people and adults who would not otherwise have the chance to take part in kayaking, including those living in deprived areas, and to offer opportunities to gain new skills, experience and qualifications. £9,928.00
London Boroughs Havering Saint Francis Hospice Towards a Motomed Muvi, a rehabilitative piece of equipment, that will enable the provision of specialist palliative care to people with life limiting illness, through exercise and movement based therapy for arms and legs.  Based at Pemberton Place, an outpatients service at St Francis Hospice in Havering, this project will enable the Hospice to support more people to remain mobile, providing greater opportunities for prolonged independence. £6,335.00

The next deadline to submit grant applications to The Trust is Tuesday 9 July 2019.