Opening School Facilities investment supporting local young people and communities to be more active in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Children, young people, and local communities in 19 locations will be able to access new and additional opportunities to be physically active in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, following the investment coordinated by Living Sport.

The funding for this national three-year programme worth £57 million, is part of the Opening School Facilities programme, being overseen by the Active Partnerships National team and delivered locally by Living Sport.

A total of £783,000 is being invested locally over three years to support schools to open their sports facilities for new extracurricular clubs for students on free school meals, girls, SEND students, and culturally diverse pupils; along with opening to the wider local community.

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"We are delighted that a range of schools across Cambridge and Peterborough will receive a share of this new three-year investment to help them open their sporting facilities outside of the normal school day. In year 1 of the project, we have supported 19 schools to develop and deliver their plans, working together to identify the needs of both students within each school and those in the local community surrounding each school to help give them access to more varied opportunities to be physically active. We have worked with schools to develop new extracurricular provision for targeted cohorts of students and break down barriers to young people accessing opportunities to become physical active. We are working with schools to ensure that they utilise this funding to create sustainable physical activity programmes which allow communities to have greater access to physical activity now and in the future."

Within Year One, we have funded 33 projects, the highlights of which include 9 targeting girls, 9 for SEND students, and 8 targeting free school meal students.

Examples of funded projects include:

Coleridge Community College in Cambridge:  Women and Girls Fitness sessions

Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech: Spinning classes for young people and the local community

Bottisham Village College in East Cambridgeshire: Special Educational Needs Cycling Club

Northstowe Secondary College in South Cambridgeshire: Development of a fitness suite to support the wider local community.

Opening School Facilities

We are continuing to work with our 22 schools over year 2 and year 3, working in areas of targeted need, based on youth and community voice. Living Sport is working in partnership with schools to develop youth voices.

We are pleased to see a wide range of physical activities being delivered which includes swimming, boxercise, spinning, climbing and pickleball aimed at young people but also a number of community offers.

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