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 Durham Paddlesport Club with TIF funding. This is their story:
Durham Paddlesport Club has a vision to be a positive contributor to the health and wellbeing of local people by making paddle sports attractive, accessible, and affordable. The club also promotes the natural and built environment of Durham City.
The club host week day courses and weekend sessions, marketing to those least able to afford expensive private sessions and those wishing to become part of a club and join in regular activities. The club pride themselves on low cost sessions to ensure everybody can enjoy participating.
The club also offers people the chance to become volunteers and enjoy the natural environment of Durham City from the river; with views of a UNESCO world heritage site, the opportunity to see otters and kingfishers and the beautiful sunsets on the way back to the club house.
“can’t believe what I’ve achieved, how much fun I’m having kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, and what a great bunch of people’. Durham Paddlesports Club participant.
The TIF funding helped the club to recruit and train new coaching volunteers, renew the energy in the club, and grow the membership.
County Durham Sport are proud to be able to support organisations like Durham Paddlesport Club to make a difference to the lives of people 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.