Grants available for clubs and coaches in North Somerset


Grants to help increase inclusive sports activities across North Somerset are now available.

North Somerset Council’s Sportarray programme has launched a new opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants of up to £500.

The grant scheme has been made possible due to funding secured by the council from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.

Sportarray is a North Somerset Council initiative, created in 2012 to increase the provision of inclusive activities for disabled people over the age of 14. So far the project has supported 38 clubs to access training, networking opportunities, volunteer support, equipment, promotion and guidance.

The council is now looking to develop the Sportarray initiative, specifically to broaden the range of activities aimed at increasing the number of adults with mental health issues and children aged five to 13 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) participating in sport and physical activities.

A total of £8,640 is available for the Sportarray scheme and grants can be accessed in two ways:

  • awards of up to £500 will be made to providers and sports clubs who can contribute to the delivery of new inclusive activities in North Somerset
  • through the creation of 38 training bursaries worth £30 each. Individuals can use these bursaries to fully fund or contribute towards the cost of any sports related qualification which will increase inclusive provision across North Somerset. Example qualifications include recognised National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications, first aid, safeguarding and child protection courses and officiating courses.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 September. To access an application form go to https://go4lifens.wordpress.com/working-with-us-2/.

For more information about the grant scheme contact the council’s Sport and Active Lifestyles Co-ordinator Catrin Evans on catrin.evans@n-somerset.gov.uk or 01275 882 732.