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
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.