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LMCT Awards Its Largest National Funding

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) has revealed its first Strategic Partnership Grants, which will see six projects benefit from £2.6 million in funding - the organisation’s biggest national funding programme in its history.

Since it was founded in 1981, the LMCT has awarded grants totalling more than £76 million to over 1,330 organisations within London and Surrey.

Childhood inactivity tops Hollingsworth’s starting agenda

Tim Hollingsworth has kicked off his tenure as the new Sport England chief executive by launching the findings of a landmark study into childhood inactivity.

The Active Lives Children and Young People survey found that one in three children in England does fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which equates to half the amount recommended by official government guidelines.

#BTSIA entries point to a shifting industry landscape

The breakdown of final entries for the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019 paints a picture of an industry in the midst of change.

The biggest trend is one of convergence, particularly around media and content creation, with almost every discipline category featuring a mix of brands, rightsholders and traditional media organisations.

Entries for the world’s largest commercial sports awards closed last week, marking the conclusion of the first stage in a process that will recognise and celebrate the best of the UK sport industry’s work around the world.

Delia bakes ultimate Rainbow Laces cake with Aviva

Norwich City Football Club joint-majority shareholder Delia Smith has teamed up with the club’s community partner Aviva to bake a limited-edition ‘Rainbow Laces Cake’, in support of LGBT+ inclusivity within football.

Commissioned by Aviva for Stonewall’s 2018 Rainbow Laces campaign, the cake features seven individual rainbow coloured layers of sponge in support of the LGBT+ community across all aspects of the game.

Premier League unveils LGBT campaign

The Premier League has launched ‘This Is Everyone’s Game’ – an integrated campaign that forms part of its long-standing commitment towards Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces initiative.

The creative concept will see the Premier League logo transformed into rainbow colours with accompanying text to promote the message that football is for everyone.

The activity forms part of a three-year partnership with Stonewall, the British charity for lesbian, gay and trans equality, which celebrated its annual #RainbowLaces Day this week.

Team GB becomes Team LGBT

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has pledged its support of Stonewall UK’s national Rainbow Laces campaign by rebranding Team GB for the day to become Team LGBT.

The show of support from the BOA coincides with Rainbow Laces Day and will see Team GB change logos across all social channels.

The national Olympic committee for the UK is to post and share supportive content to help raise awareness of the campaign and demonstrate its pride in all its LGBT athletes.

 

Sport England enlists Grant Thornton

Sport England has partnered with business and financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, on an initiative to support the country's grassroots sports clubs in managing their finances.

As part of the collaboration, Club Matters, Sport England’s free practical resource for sports clubs, has created and hosted two online workshops in conjunction with the firm.

ECB to invest £1.2m in developing South Asian women’s cricketers

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a £1.2million funding boost to recruit 2,000 South Asian female mentors to help develop the next generation of women cricketers.

Earlier this year, the ECB outlined ambitious plans in its South Asian Action Plan, to expand the female coaching network and transform the way cricket engages with British South Asian communities.

Premier League backs Rainbow Laces campaign

The Premier League has revealed its plans to help back Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign for 2018/19.

This season will see the league promote the campaign across two rounds of match fixtures in the autumn calendar, allowing each side a home game dedicated to the campaign.

The Premier League is among a host of sporting governing bodies and organisations publicly backing Rainbow Laces. The campaign founded by Stonewall, the British charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, launched in 2013 and has become a fixture in the sports calendar.

FA highlights Cup’s lower league legacy

The 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup got underway at the weekend, with the FA keen to highlight the impact of its prize fund on the development of clubs further down English football’s pyramid.

It comes after The FA doubled the prize fund for clubs competing in the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup to £30.2m.

Ahead of the first round of games this weekend, football chiefs headed to Lincoln City FC to gain a first glimpse at the League Two side’s new £1.3million Elite Performance Centre.

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