Making a real difference to people’s lives through sport
WNST recently published its 2018-19 Annual Review, illustrating how the funds we have spent over the past year have enabled people up and down the country to improve their quality of life through playing sport.
You can download a copy of here for a full review of all of our activities.
We know that getting out and getting active not only increases physical fitness but also improves mental well-being, increases social contact, promotes better dietary habits and encourages participants to learn new personal skills.
In the London Borough of Brent, where Wembley Stadium is located, our local grantmaking continues apace. We have now supported around 200 local clubs, groups and organisations across some 30 different sports. The collective impact of this is helping to improve the lives of people of all ages, abilities and from across Brent’s diverse local communities.
We were also able, as a one-off, to use some of the additional income to the Trust, generated by Tottenham Hotspur’s use of Wembley Stadium, to support a range of community sports projects in LB Haringey, Spurs’ home borough.
More widely around Greater London, our support for TeamUp, in partnership with England Netball, England Hockey and the England & Wales Cricket Board is introducing thousands of primary school-age girls to a variety of different team sports. This helps them to learn skills such as teamwork, leadership and developing strategies that will be so important in later life.
Nationally, our “Every Player Counts” disability football programme – managed by the EFL Trust and delivered by the Club Community Organisations of EFL professional football clubs up and down the country – has been a tremendous success, with more than 11,000 participants over the past three years. On the back of this, we have agreed further funding to extend the programme for another two years.
We also worked with the National League Trust, supporting their programme to encourage more of their clubs to run community football activities for women and girls.
In conclusion, 2018-19 was a very active and successful year for WNST, with the promise of more to come across all of our programmes.