Crawley Run Crew has been awarded £2,360 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
The funding award, administered through Active Sussex, will allow Crawley Run Crew to deliver on three local projects across the borough.
The first, in partnership with the newly established Sudhan Welfare Society and the Crawley Health and Well-Being team will see the setup of a walking group for the elders of the local Kashmiri community. This group has been very much isolated over the past 7 months and therefore, Crawley Run Crew will be supporting them to get started. Crawley Run Crew be providing kit and a structured walking programme to help the individuals become more confident in walking locally for leisure.
The second project will see Crawley Run Crew provide funded memberships and a technical running top for up to 10 individuals and 10 families. The children’s kit being sponsored by the fab team at Moova. The targeted project will be for those individuals and families in lower socio-economic groups who have been hardest hit by Covid-19 but, would like to get active with the club.
Lastly, to support all of this, Crawley Run Crew will be training up five new volunteers as run leaders to ensure they have the volunteer capacity to deliver all the club’s activities.
Sport England’s work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period.
With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channelled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.
This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences – Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) – to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:
We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to Crawley Run Crew in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-enforced these.
Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England.
Shelley Meyern, Vice Chair and Coach of Crawley Run Crew, said:
We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to make a difference to the lives of the local people of Crawley. Since we launched in 2016, Crawley Run Crew has gone from strength to strength and we pride ourselves on being an all-ability club, with our members at the heart of what we do. This funding will allow us to reach out even further to help those most impacted by Covid-19.