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£40k fun from Greenham Trust and West Berkshire Council to improve access to physical activities

Thousands of pounds have been made available to improve access to physical activities across the district.

The Let's Get Active Fund (LGAF) is back and has £40,000 available to community groups, organisations, social enterprises, charities and schools.

There is £40k in the fund to help support physical and mental wellbeing
There is £40k in the fund to help support physical and mental wellbeing

The LGAF, which started in 2019 and is a partnership between West Berkshire Council and

Greenham Trust, covers a wide range of opportunities from improving existing facilities, buying new sports equipment, providing new instructors and coaches or starting new initiatives.

Janine Lewis, West Berkshire's executive member for public health, culture, leisure, sport and countryside said: “I'm very excited to announce the next round of LGAF funding. It has helped so many communities in so many ways, not only to keep active but enabling the lovely social aspect that comes from doing that in the company of others."

Rob Daniels, head of grants at Greenham Trust, added: “We're excited to offer another round of funding to boost local physical activity, knowing it also benefits mental well-being too.

“This funding can be used to either enhance existing programmes and sports facilities or invest in new ones to meet the needs of our community."

For more details visit https://app.thegoodexchange.com/funders/10910/west-berkshire-council-and-greenham-trust or email elisabeth.gowens1@westberks.gov.uk

Previously, the fund has awarded grants to 'Donnington Castle' play structure for Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council; two football/rugby hybrid nets and a permanent wheelchair-accessible table tennis table for East Ilsley Parish Council; and a community basketball hub for children based in Theale for Reading Rockets basketball club.

Steph Johnson, director of community programmes for Reading Rockets, said: “As a foundation we were so thankful to receive the funding to launch a community basketball hub in West Berkshire in 2021.

LGAF helped increase our total hubs to six across the county and enabled us to offer sporting opportunities to girls and boys between the ages of four and 12 from both mainstream and SEN schools in the area.

“Since receiving the LGAF funding, we've gone from strength to strength and our hubs currently give access to basketball to many more children."

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