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 Spectrum Roller Skating Club in Shildon with TIF funding. This is their story:
Spectrum Roller Skating Club is an amateur sports club based in Shildon, which prior to Covid-19, provided a weekly roller disco as well as fun skater and competitive classes for all ages and abilities (including international level athletes).
Spectrum Roller Skating provides an opportunity for women and girls to be active while promoting confidence building, positive self-esteem, resilience, motivation and support with their mental health.
Although the Covid-19 lockdown prevented the club from completing their usual training, they were able to continue supporting their members throughout. The club kept in touch using motivational postcards to support mental health, online meetings, socially distanced small group skates and off skate training advice.
As well as this, Spectrum designed a range of online fun tasks to help keep children busy while off school and support their cross curricular learning.
County Durham Sport are proud to be able to support organisations like Spectrum to make a difference to the lives of women and girls 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.