Inequalities Funding Initiative

Funding for Communities Affected by COVID-19 – Sport England Inequalities Fund

SASP have received funding from Sport England to help keep people most affected during this pandemic physically active, or ready to get or resume activity.  The Inequalities Funding aims to support targeted groups across Somerset with a simple and quick expression of interest.

Data from the Sport England commissioned physical activity attitudes and behaviours survey during COVID-19 is highlighting widening gaps in the activity levels across existing priority audiences.  These groups are:

People from Lower Socio Economic Groups
Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Communities
Disabled People
People with Long Term Health Conditions

COVID-19 is likely to have a significant impact on their ability to be physically active, which has the potential to further widen the health inequality gap that already exists within these groups.  These groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, which can create a culture of fear where people are choosing to stay indoors to keep safe.  Additionally, there may also be a greater impact upon their financial status, which is the single greatest determinant of activity levels.

For full details of the fund and how it might benefit you, please go to the SASP webpage: or watch this short video:  YouTube Video

To complete an Expression of Interest form, click here: SASP Form

Sarah Coombs
Sports Development Manager