10th May 2022
England Handball can today announce the association is to receive £1.7m in funding, along with expert advice and support, from Sport England as part of its Uniting the Movement strategy.
The funding, contributed by the UK Government and The National Lottery, is shared across a group of over 120 organisations working in partnership with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across the country.
The grants awarded will help England Handball support Sport England to co-deliver the ambitious of its 10-year Uniting the Movement strategy, which aims to increase sports participation and break down the barriers to physical activity that many face.
Sport England research shows that some groups are typically less active – like women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups.
Right now, the opportunities to get involved in sport and activity – and reap the rewards of being active – depend too much on your background, your gender, your bank balance and your postcode.
As one of England’s fastest-growing and diverse sports, the funding will assist England Handball in introducing the game to more groups who experience issues in accessing sports, particularly young people.
Over £550million is being invested in total, with the partners including England Handball receiving funding for up to five years. This new funding model from Sport England provides longer-term financial security as organisations recover and reinvent from the Covid-19 pandemic.
All partner organisations were selected by Sport England due to their ability to influence change and improvement at the heart of the system they are a part of, no matter how big or small.
This is the first step on a journey to revolutionise Sport England’s approach to long-term partnerships as it seeks to partner and collaborate with innovative organisations to deliver Uniting the Movement and build a nation where everyone can get active.
Mike Bain, England Handball CEO, said: “We’re very pleased to have received this funding from Sport England, which will provide crucial funds to help us continue to take handball to even more people.
“Sport has the power to unite communities, and handball in particular has a fantastic ability to bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We have some bold and exciting plans to go even further on this through our new strategy, which we will be unveiling very soon. That’s on top of increased support for our network of clubs and growing that further. This funding and the support from Sport England will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our ambitions for handball."
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said: “Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active– no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is.
“But we know that certain groups – like young people from poor backgrounds, are more likely to be inactive. We can only innovate and tackle inequalities effectively by thinking about long-term change.
“Uniting the Movement is a long-term vision, and our funding approach needs to reflect that. Changes to our funding model will help us achieve our goal, by making it easier for our partners to do what they need to do to level up and deliver.”