Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) helps to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity.
TIF was created with £20 million of National Lottery funding to help reduce the negative impact on activity levels in under-represented groups (such as people on lower incomes and disabled people).
TIF has enabled community groups to continue supporting people to be engaged and active through these challenging times.
County Durham Sport supported Adventure Access in Seaham with TIF funding. This is their story:
Adventure Access is a not-for-profit water sports and adventure centre, delivering activities for children with disabilities and families from disadvantaged areas.
Due to Covid-19, funding had been pulled for programmes that were due to take place and with social distancing restrictions delivery would not be financially viable without placing larger financial burden on participants.
Following initial support from County Durham Sport, funding from the Tackling Inequalities Fund ensured that disabled children and families did not miss out on the opportunity to be active.
Funding has allowed the delivery of a range of activities at both Seaham Harbour Marina and Durham Amateur Rowing Club. Activities included stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Sensory activities were also included in the disability sessions such as paddling through over hanging trees and dipping hands in the water.
Sessions have been greatly enjoyed by participants and plans to sustain the activities are in place.
County Durham Sport are proud to be able to support organisations like Adventure Access to make a difference to the lives of children and families in County Durham. Join us in celebrating the amazing impact of this Sport England funding by sharing your story on social media with the hashtag #TacklingInequalitiesFund.