London Community Sports Board and Mayor’s Legacy Fund update
The appointment of Shaun Dawson as Sport England’s Ministerial Nominee has completed the makeup of the London Community Sports Board. Full membership is as follows:
Kate Hoey MP (Chair) Mayor’s Commissioner for Sport
Nick Bitel Chief Executive, London Marathon Trust
Shaun Dawson Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Cllr John Fahy London Borough of Greenwich
Colin Moynihan Chairman, British Olympic Association
Sangita Patel Manager, London Community Sports Network
Andy Sutch Chair, London Fed of Sport and Recreation
Mark Sesnan Chairman, ProActive Central; Managing Director, GLL
Rosi Prescott Chief Executive, Central YMCA
David Sparkes Chief Executive, Amateur Swimming Association
So far, the board has met twice, with the next meeting scheduled for January 2010
To support the work of the LCSB, a Development and Implementation Group (DIG) has been established. This is chaired on a rotating basis by the Pro-Active Partnership Directors and comprises officers from all key stakeholder groups.
To date, the Mayor has provided funding for four main pilot projects, as set out in A Sporting Future for London.
• Playsport London: Make a Splash
In partnership with the Variety Club of Great Britain, MWBex and London Swimming, the Mayor is delivering temporary swimming pools to the communities that need them most. The first was opened in Greenwood primary school in Ealing. It will stay on site for one school term and one holiday period – offering intensive teaching programmes to children from a number of local schools, as well as to the wider community at evenings and weekends.
In January, two pools will be deployed at new locations, and then at two more locations for the summer. It is anticipated that the programme will teach 15,000 Londoners to swim each year.
• Street Athletics
The Mayor provided funding to ensure that Street Athletics could be delivered in 10 venues/boroughs with follow up Community Coaching Days. The London final took place on 19th Sep 2009. The project has engaged with over 2,000 young people with a diverse range of activities on offer including athletics, music and dance and the programme was used as a means of signposting children and young people towards long-term participation in athletics and other sports.
• London Boxing Academy
The Mayor has provided funding to allow the London Boxing Academy to establish a second site, to be opened in Hackney in early 2010. Agreements have been reached with the Hackney Learning Trust and local schools meaning that they will use the LBA as an alternative to exclusion for their pupils. The LBA builds a full academic curriculum around an intensive programme of boxing and other sports. The first site in Haringey has recently produced its first set of results – they were extremely positive.
• Panathlon Challenge
Panathlon delivers a programme of coaching and competitive sport to seriously disabled children and young people. With the Mayor’s support, the programme is now to be delivered in 28 London Boroughs – with the ultimate intention of delivering it in all 33.
The Mayor has set aside £15.5 million of LDA funding for investment in programmes associated with his plan, A Sporting Future for London. It is expected that all funding provided will be matched by funding from other sources.
It is also expected that any programme funded will specifically target those people currently classed as being ‘inactive’. The percentage of ‘inactives’ required will be set according to particular programmes, but it will be a minimum of 5%.
The London Community Sports Board has approved plans to distribute this funding through three broad funding streams:
£7.5 million over three years. One major focus will be on small park, community or estate-based facilities; whilst £3 million of this fund will be ring-fenced for multi-sport hub sites, building on the work being led by the London Playing Fields Foundation.
Applications are currently being taken for a key partner to deliver this programme. It is anticipated that the partner will be appointed in January 2010 and that themed bidding rounds for the funding will commence shortly afterwards.
• Volunteer/Workforce development
£3 million over three years. Focused on providing training opportunities to those look to work or volunteer in the sports sector. Themed bidding rounds to begin in March/April 2010.
• Sports-based interventions
£5 million over three years. This will be a broad programme budget for initiatives that use sport and physical activity to tackle social issues. Themed bidding rounds to begin in April 2010.
All information on these bidding rounds, along with minutes from future London Community Sports Board minutes, will be made available on the www.london.gov.uk website.