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Neighbourhood Sports Fund and Champions’ Charter

2 Sep 2011 - 10:07 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council’s sporting ambition is to create a world-leading community sport system with a network of vibrant, sustainable community sports clubs at its heart.

As part of this ambition the Neighbourhood Sports Fund and Champions’ Charter grant schemes have been created, which demonstrate Manchester’s commitment to build a sporting legacy ahead of and beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Neighbourhood Sports Fund

Manchester City Council has funding available to help Manchester based sports clubs to:
• Increase the number of Manchester residents who are members of sports clubs
• Increase participation in sport
• Reduce the number of 16 to 19-year-olds dropping out of sports activities

Clubs can apply for a maximum of £2,000. Priority will be given to projects that engage the local community. All applicants must show evidence of this support.

Champions’ Charter

Champions’ Charter is a grant scheme funded through a partnership between Manchester City Council and Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust. The scheme provides grants and support services for coaches and talented athletes.

Champions’ Charter for Athletes
Funding is available to help talented athletes who live within the Manchester City Council boundary to progress in their chosen sport. Each sport has set criteria an athlete must meet to be eligible.
Priority will be given to athletes who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Applicants will be asked to give information on their level of achievement and their future goals. All applications must be supported by a reference and payment will be made to a club or another official sporting body.

Champions’ Charter for Coaches
Funding is available for sports coaches to gain qualifications or to continue with further training. Applicants do not need to live in Manchester, but their coaching work must benefit Manchester’s communities.
All cheques will be made out to a sports club or official sporting body and applicants will need a reference.

For further information on the Neighbourhood Sports Fund, contact Phil Clarke, on 0773 081 4162. For further information on the Champions’ Charter, contact Lindsay Johnson, on 0161 220 3854.

Deadline: Friday 30 September 2011

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