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Cambridge City Council

New grants set up to help young Cambridge residents pursue sports and activities

25 March 2022

A NEW grant scheme is being launched to help Cambridge families pay for their children’s sports clubs and activity sessions.

The Grassroots Activity Fund, which is being funded by the Community Fund at The Leys School and administered by Cambridge City Council, will provide financial assistance to low-income families so that their child or children can participate in a sport or physical activity in Cambridge.

The grants of up to £250 per family will help towards paying for things like annual subscriptions to sports clubs, session fees or equipment and clothing that will enable children to participate.

The Grassroots Activity Fund will be looking to assist children aged 4-16 wishing to try a new sport or activity, and also those looking to keep attending sessions they already go to, but which are becoming too costly.

The grant fund is open from 1 April to families who live in Cambridge and receive income support, and people can apply at any point throughout the year. Further details of who could qualify and how to apply, including the application form, can be found on the council’s website.

Cllr Anna Smith, Leader of the Council and Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Sport and physical activity in all forms have incredible benefits to both physical and mental wellbeing. However, for many families, paying for their children to take part in regular sport or physical activity can prove very costly.

“This new funding by the Leys School and managed by the council is a fantastic opportunity for families who may be struggling financially to help their children continue doing what they love, or to try something new – with all the benefits that brings for young people’s health and happiness.”

If you would like to be sent a paper copy of the application form in the post or have any further questions, please email sport@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457532.

Before applying, people should contact the club or organisation providing their child’s activity. They will need to add the club’s contact details to the application form, so the council can arrange the transfer of the grant directly to the club.