Another bumper round of grants for local community sports activities has been announced by the Wembley National Stadium Trust.
On this occasion, the trustees agreed 30 new grants worth a total of £150,800, which will make a real difference to the ability of local clubs and organisations to deliver quality sports activities to local people of all ages. These include six organisations that have never received WNST funding before. We also made our first grants locally for hockey and triathlon, as well as continuing our support for sports as diverse as football, cricket, sailing, keep fit, American football and Gaelic football. A full list of the grants awarded recently can be found HERE.
These grants bring the total awarded in LB Brent by WNST, since its inception in 2012, to an amazing £2.66m, spread amongst more than 200 different local groups.
Chair of trustees, Dinah Cox said, “We know just how much sport means to so many local people and we are really pleased to continue directing funds into the borough. Having been making grants into Brent grassroots sport for some years now, we are really starting to see the benefits of our investment, with local organisations growing sustainably and the choice of activities on offer to residents improving all the time.”
Step Up Hub is a first-time recipient of funding from the Trust. A grant of £2,500 will help them to run football sessions for local BAME young women who want to get into the game.
Tebussum Rashid of Step Up Hub added “A number of our female members are very keen to get involved in football – both to improve their skills but also for the social and health benefits there are from playing. But there were few opportunities locally suitable for them. This grant from WNST will help us deliver some new sessions targeting BAME communities, getting more local women active and participating in sport. Without the funding, this simply wouldn’t have happened.”
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, the next round of WNST funding for Brent sporting activities is likely to be delayed depending on how the local and national situation develops in the weeks and months ahead. Going forward, we will also be considering how our funds might best be used to support the local sports sector.