Get SET for Legacy is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £86,914 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust is among 88 projects to receive a share of £15 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.
The Get SET for Legacy project was set up by Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust & legacy partners in response to a need for more after school sports activities for 14-25 year olds. The funding will allow it to expand to offer more regular sessions over the next year.
Richard Williams, Get SET Legacy Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive funding from the Community Sport Activation Fund. It will allow us to develop a sports legacy provision for 14- to 25-year-olds. We offer a selection of exciting sports such as rugby, badminton and girls football, as a way for young people to get into sport and get them coming back for more.”
Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects that will get more people playing sport.
Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: "It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like Get SET for Legacy to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.
“The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I’m particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”
The Community Sport Activation Fund is investing a total of £47.5 million of funding over five funding rounds. Already 156 projects have shared in £27.2 million of funding over three rounds, receiving grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 to provide grassroots sport at a very local level.
Local MP Iain Stewart said: “This investment by Sport England into MK Dons SET is fantastic news. MK Dons SET have done some fantastic work across the city and this investment will help them further increase participation and volunteering in MK. With the Rugby world cup only a year away, it is important we take the opportunity to get young people involved in sport and activities.”