Fields in Trust have launched a national programme called Active Spaces to get more people physically active and using outdoor spaces. Funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust and delivered in partnership by Fields in Trust, the programme will secure 50 new Fields in Trust protected sites across the UK and help increase participation in many different physical activities on local parks, playing fields and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy.

Following the recent publication of the Communities & Local Government (CLG) Parliamentary Committee’s Report into the future of public parks, there has been a definitive shift towards activity rather than formal sport which is also a driving force in Sport England’s strategy and investment funding. Parks and informal green spaces have an important role to play in helping deliver this activity agenda being the settings for entry level activity – inactive people don’t suddenly start playing sport in a formal setting, they walk, jog, cycle or play – and they need safe local green spaces to do this.

The Active Spaces programme combines the protection in perpetuity of green spaces, together with revenue funding to engage inactive communities using those spaces. Each site will be offered delivery of a physical activity project on-site to the value of £5,000 to serve local needs and target identified groups of inactive people.  Sites and projects will be selected following an assessment which will include likely impact and will also consider whether local funding has been secured to increase project value. Projects will be subject to monitoring and evaluation reporting and will run during 2017 and 2018.

The deadline for the first funding round is Friday 7th July, but for more information and an informal chat, please contact Jamie Leeson, Development Manager on 020 7427 2124.