St Mary’s awarded funding for community sport initiative

A grant has been awarded to the ‘Get Active Hounslow – Women and Girls’ project, led by The Centre for Workplace and Community Health at St Mary’s in conjunction with Hounslow Community Sport and Physical Activity Network, as part of a share in £1.1 million National Lottery funding awarded to London projects from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

Get Active Hounslow – Women and Girls will run 13 different schemes across the borough over three years, which have been designed to get local women into sport by offering free and low-cost beginners’ sessions in activities such as badminton, running, cycling, multi-sports events, yoga and dance.

The Centre for Workplace and Community Health was founded in 2005 and is a knowledge transfer centre of excellence, providing businesses with consultancy, training, workshops, events, project delivery and resources for improving health and well-being. The Centre developed LiveWell Sutton and Merton in 2011, a scheme aimed at improving the health of people living and working in Sutton and Merton and currently delivers the Responsibility Deal for Sutton and Merton as well as a number of other projects including a Health and Wellbeing service in Hounslow.

CWCH Project Manager Jennifer Johnson commented, “This funding will enable us and our local partners to start to break down many of the barriers to participation in sport that exist for women and girls in Hounslow. We are really looking forward to rolling out all the exciting elements of the programme over the next three years and hope that many woman and girls in Hounslow, regardless of age, ability, or level of fitness will find something that they can join in with and enjoy”.

For more information please visit the St Mary’s University College website.