Sport England's Places and Spaces fund boosted

Sport England’s Places and Spaces fund is being boosted to £7 million as it goes nationwide to help communities across England benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Extra National Lottery funding has been made available to extend the fund across England and help community organisations make small-scale facility improvements that will help to develop places and spaces wanting to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to improve community sport and physical activity.

Places and Spaces has been developed in partnership with Crowdfunder and will see Sport England award match funding of up to £10,000 to eligible applicants who run a successful community crowdfunding campaign.

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In addition to providing the crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder will also provide significant support to help organisations set up and run a successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign that benefits their local community.

England Netball (EN) has a dedicated projects page set up here and is offering an exclusive rewards bundle to the first 10 netball clubs who set up a crowdfunding campaign.

Clubs applying for rewards will need to have an organisational EN membership for the current season, with all individuals having up-to-date membership. You must be eligible for Sport England’s Places and Spaces or Active Together +Extra funding through Crowdfunder and gain the support of your Netball Development Officer, whose recommendation will activate the rewards bundle.

A number of clubs are already live and funding with their crowdfunding campaigns to help rebuild and grow the sport in their communities post-COVID 19, including New Forest Junior Netball Club, Crusaders Netball Club and Stockton Netball Club.

One club which has already run a successful crowdfunding campaign, including receiving a £2,000 boost from Sport England as part of their Active Together fund, is Leeds Athletic Netball Club. You can read their story here.

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