The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards more than £2 million in new grants

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has today announced new grants totalling £2,225,000 to challenge inequality of access to physical activity across the UK. This latest round of funding brings the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £88 million.

Included in this round is a new Strategic Partnership Grant, growing The Trust’s national programme portfolio to 17 large-scale and inspirational projects that will deliver the greatest possible impact in inspiring activity amongst The Trust’s target audiences. The latest Strategic Partnership Grant awarded is:

  • £1,000,000 to Activity Alliance, to expand the Get Out Get Active programme to new localities, with a focus on Haringey, Sunderland and the Black Country, enabling 4,000 inactive children and young people to participate in fun and inclusive activities.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, representing the home nations steering group, said: “We are delighted that The London Marathon Charitable Trust is joining the Get Out Get Active family as a new funder. With inclusion at its heart, this life-changing programme impacts so many lives. With this generous additional funding, more people in more communities will access and benefit from an active lifestyle.”

Ruth Hollis, Spirit of 2012’s CEO, added: “Spirit of 2012 is really proud of the impact Get Out Get Active is having on so many people's lives with its unique approach. As the founding funder, and with our other funding partners, Sport England, we are excited to see it grow with this major investment from The London Marathon Charitable Trust.”

A further £1,225,000 was awarded to 19 organisations towards facilities improvements through The Trust’s Facilities Grants Programme for projects in London and Surrey, including:

  • £250,000 to Phoenix Canoe Club towards the redevelopment of their Outdoor Centre into a new purpose-built modern community hub with a low carbon footprint, providing high quality paddle sports and other outdoor activities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • £104,000 to Haven House Foundation to create a fully accessible specialist play area and sensory garden so children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and their families can enjoy outdoor playing together in a safe and accessible environment.
  • £80,000 to London Thunder Basketball Club towards essential facility improvements including new lighting and changing facilities, supporting the growth of the Club and to increase participation amongst women, BAME groups and people with a disability.
  • £20,000 to the London Borough of Hackney for the installation of a new natural play area on the Morland Estate enabling children to enjoy the benefits of play in a natural setting.

Phil Atkinson, Centre Development Director at Phoenix Canoe Club Limited, said: “We are delighted that The London Marathon Charitable Trust has agreed to support our project. The new building and grounds will provide a positive and welcoming focus for all our visitors and a solid base for our future work in the community. This will enable us to expand participation, add new activities and properly welcome disabled and disadvantaged people to our range of water and land sports."

Eileen White, Director of Care at Haven House, said: “We would like to thank The London Marathon Charitable Trust for their generosity. The improved playground and woodland area will make a huge difference to the lives of our families. Many of the seriously ill children we look after have siblings, and there are not many places their parents can take them to play together. Our vision for an inclusive, safe, accessible and fun space for our families and the wider community to enjoy can now become a reality.”

Steve Bucknall, Head Coach and Founder of London Thunder Basketball Club, said: “We are extremely grateful to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for this funding and can’t wait to get started on the project. The opportunity to carry out much needed repairs to our facility will enable us to focus on developing our work in the local community and the improved venue will attract more people in the community to become involved in our activities.”

Julian Blake, Chair of Morland Blanchard TRA, said: "Residents on Morland Estate are delighted that The London Marathon Charitable Trust is backing our community-led natural play space. Many of the children living here have nowhere outside to play, and the facilities we can now provide will give them just that.”

The full list of Facilities Grants announced by The Trust:

Location Grantee Description Award
National (with a focus on Haringey, Sunderland and the Black Country) Activity Alliance Towards the expansion of the Get Out Get Active programme into new localities, with a wider focus on providing more opportunities for 4,000 currently inactive children and young people to participate in fun and inclusive active recreation. £1,000,000.00
London Boroughs \ Barnet Phoenix Canoe Club Limited Towards the redevelopment of Phoenix Outdoor Centre at Brent Reservoir to create a new purpose-built modern community hub with low carbon footprint which will provide high quality paddle sports and other outdoor activities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. £250,000.00
London Boroughs \ Hackney The Boiler House Community Space Towards the relocation and installation of a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on the George Downing Estate in Stoke Newington to encourage outdoor play for children and young people, and the refurbishment of an existing community hall, adapting it to a multi functional sports and fitness space to enable adult participation in exercise and physical activities. £150,000.00
London Boroughs \ Islington National Youth Theatre of Great Britain Towards a new studio with a specific focus on physical activity as part of the major refurbishment of the National Youth Theatre on Holloway Road, enabling double the number of children and young people living in the area to participate in activities including dance and physical theatre. £150,000.00
South Northamptonshire Blisworth Football Club Towards a new Clubhouse with improved changing facilities for Blisworth Football Club, creating opportunities for more women and girls to play football and supporting local groups to exercise and become physically active. £150,000.00
London Boroughs \ Waltham Forest Haven House Foundation Towards updating and creating a new outdoor space for children and young people with life-limiting conditions at Haven House Children's Hospice in Waltham Forest. Children and their families will benefit from a fully accessible specialist play area and sensory garden, which will also be open to the local community.


London Boroughs \ Lewisham London Thunder Basketball Club Towards essential improvements to London Thunder Basketball Club’s facilities in South Bermondsey, supporting the growth of an engaging activity programme focusing on increasing participation amongst females, BAME groups and people with a disability. £85,000.00
Surrey\Mole Valley District Council Dorking Rugby Football Club Towards enhancing Dorking Rugby Football Club’s facilities with new exercise and gym equipment, increasing the range of activities available to encourage new members, with a focus on engaging older adults and less active people in the local community.


London Boroughs \ Kingston Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Towards improving the King Edward’s Recreation Ground in Kingston upon Thames by creating a trim trail with exercise equipment to encourage local people to be physically active, with the Council working in partnership with Our Parks to run a series of sports activities. £52,000.00
Surrey\Elmbridge Claygate Primary School Towards a new swimming pool enclosure for the outdoor pool at Claygate Primary School, adding a retractable roof and improved changing rooms to allow for all year round use of the pool, which will be open to other local schools and community groups for use too. £50,000.00
London Boroughs \ Ealing IMPACT Outreach Network Towards improving IMPACT Outreach Network's studio theatre facilities, enabling adults and young people with learning difficulties to become more physically active through dance and performance activities, and a revenue grant towards creating an immersive dance and film project for people with learning disabilities to participate in. £33,000.00
Surrey \ Guildford 4th Farnham (Tongham) Scout Group Towards 4th Farnham (Tongham) Scout Group’s new Scout Headquarters and Community Sports Hub, creating an accessible building that will enable more young people to participate in sport and physical activities, and more local community groups to use the hall for sport and exercise activities. £30,000.00
London Boroughs \ Hackney London Borough of Hackney Towards developing a new natural play area on Morland Estate, with equipment including a rope bridge, timber wobble boards and a log walk, to provide new opportunities for young children to enjoy the benefits of outdoor play in a natural environment and introduce them to an active lifestyle. £20,000.00
London Boroughs \ Lambeth Black Prince Trust Towards improving the accessibility and privacy of the female and disabled changing facilities at Black Prince Trust to encourage more children and young people to become physically active by removing barriers to participation. £20,000.00
London Boroughs \ Westminster London Borough of Westminster Towards a permanent outdoor canopy at Tresham Centre for Disabled Children and Young People, enabling users to participate in play and a wide variety of outdoor activities all year round. £20,000.00
London Boroughs \ Waltham Forest East London Boxing Academy Towards boxing equipment at East London Boxing Academy to provide opportunities for more members of the local community from a wide variety of backgrounds to train and take part in the sport. £17,000.00
London Boroughs \ Bexley Bexley Cricket Club Towards the refurbishment of net training facilities at Bexley Cricket Club to provide a safe and accessible space to support junior and adult practice, and inspire more people particularly women and girls to play cricket. £15,000.00
Surrey \ Surrey Heath Camberley Cricket Club Ltd Towards developing cricket facilities at the fast-expanding Camberley Cricket Club by installing a new three-lane net facility and enable the club to engage with more diverse audiences, including girls and BAME communities as well as introduce and retain more junior members. £10,000.00
Surrey \ Waverly Borough Council Cranleigh Cricket Club Towards refurbishing the male and female changing rooms to attract new members and encourage other sporting and community groups to use the facilities for their own activities, enabling Cranleigh Cricket Club to play a bigger role in providing physical activity opportunities in an isolated rural community. £10,000.00
Surrey \ Reigate and Banstead Borough Council Banstead District Scouts Towards replacing the old toilet and washroom facilities with new energy efficient, sustainable and accessible facilities, to enable all the local community groups who participate in the range of physical activities at Park Farm Campsite to benefit from modern and appropriate facilities. £6,000.00