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Published 10th Nov 2011

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Local groups in Middlesbrough are now being asked to apply for Sportivate funding to provide sport and physical activity sessions for 14 – 25 year olds.

Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery programme that gives access to six to eight week courses in a range of sports and physical activities including judo, gym & fitness, boxing, fencing, skateboarding, swimming and lots more.

It is an exciting opportunity to help groups provide innovative and challenging activities to meet the needs of young people in their community. Middlesbrough Sport Development are now inviting groups to submit applications for activities to be delivered from April 2012 - March 2013 and would welcome applications from a wide variety of organisations.

Not only is it a chance for the young people to learn a new sport or improve on existing skills, but if they keep taking part after the course is finished, they could find themselves on their way to watch the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympics Games. All participants who complete their course, missing no more than one session, and keep playing for at least another three months will be entered into a ballot for free London 2012 tickets.

Sportivate Guidelines and Project Form


The Sportivate project will target people who have in an interest in sport, but may not be participating on a regular basis. All projects should have a strong focus on community based delivery, and help to encourage the young people into regular and sustained participation.


Projects should target those aged 14-25 who may not seek out sporting opportunities themselves and would not prioritise doing sport in their own time.

We are seeking to provide a similar level of activity across the districts and to include the whole community. We want activity, for example, which includes disabled young people, girls and hard to reach groups.

Projects can be delivered at anytime, although schools, colleges and universities are not eligible to deliver any curriculum time activity.


The projects should inspire young people to participate in sport and be effective in delivering community based opportunities. We will require delivery partners to signpost participants to local sports clubs and groups . We will expect project costs to be identified and demonstrate good value for money. The headings below should form the key components of the project.

Evidence of need/demand

• Projects should demonstrate that they have intelligence that participants want to take part in the sport.

• The projects should demonstrate that the sport can be provided locally and delivered within the community by local coaches.

Weekly Coaching Sessions

• The project must demonstrate that the weekly coaching sessions will be structured and managed by a qualified coach (Minimum Level 2)

• A clear pathway of development must be in place to support the young people after the Sportivate sessions (the exit route).

Exit routes

• Each project must identify a person responsible for managing/facilitating the sustainable exit route and they should be named during the development of the project.

• Clear details should be provided on where and how participants will be sustained.

Project Income

• We require each project to charge for the sessions. The charge needs to take into consideration the target audience and their ability to pay.

• We would expect the income generated through charging to be based on a realistic assessment of your projected retention target. This income will be a key component of your final project costs.

• Any income generated that exceeds this estimate will need to be reinvested in your Sportivate project delivery.

Sportivate is fully inclusive and targets participants including young people who have a disability, males and females and people from BME groups.

Download the Project Form

Sportivate Project Form - Note: The first 2 worksheets feature example entries. Entries happily received early. Deceber 16th is the deadline to submit.

Further details and guidance can be obtained from Sheila Boyes, Community Sport Network Officer on 01642 515613 or

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