The WEA wins National Lottery funding from Sport England to help families get active together


The WEA is celebrating after being awarded £375,077 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help low income families in York and Norwich get active with their children.

Sport England has dedicated a £40 million National Lottery funding pot to address this by helping families get active together, and leading adult education charity, The WEA is one of nine to receive awards in the latest round of investments.

The fund is a key part of Sport England’s focus on helping young people have an enjoyable experience of sport and physical activity so they develop a positive attitude towards being active at an early age and continue being active in later life. 

Sport England are funding organisations that help families get active together, because parents and close family members can have a big impact on children’s experiences. As well as giving children direct access to sporting opportunities, Sport England research  shows that they are also significant role models in helping their children get active – because how a parent behaves impacts what a child sees as important. 

Each of the funded projects will work to address this by building adults’ confidence around getting active with their children, and by providing experiences for families that are enjoyable, convenient and low cost.

With this new National Lottery funding, The WEA ‘Families Get Active’ programme will enable families to develop the confidence, resilience and skills to become more physically active together. The aim is to create a non-threatening and engaging environment where families will be encouraged to think differently, to make decisions together and provide children with the opportunity to shape how they and their families are active and how they sustain this.

The WEA will deliver the programme in York and Norwich from January 2019 until December 2021. 

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "This will encourage families to get involved in sport together and increase opportunities for people to get active in their local community. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this programme will have on people's health - both physical and mental - and how it can help nurture a life-long love of sport and physical activity."

Mike Diaper, Sport England's Executive Director, said: “Parents have many demands on their time and can lack confidence in how to get active with their children. That’s why Sport England is working hard to make getting active or playing sport with your children an easier choice. It doesn’t matter what people do or how good they are, having fun together is what is important and helps ensure children continue to be active adults.”