Urgent appeal for more online activity sessions in Bedford

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Team BEDS&LUTON are calling for more Bedford organisations to deliver online activity sessions for those worst hit by lockdown, in particular for those in BAME communities and for those who are disabled or with long-term health conditions.

With tougher lockdown restrictions continuing, research from Sport England has revealed that while the whole population has been affected, it is not been affected equally.

Their findings point to those in lower socio-economic groups being disproportionately affected.

In its role as an Active Partnership group for Sport England, team BEDS&LUTON is asking local charities, organisations or sport professionals to come forward to help deliver online activity sessions.

“Some of the people in these groups are those most at risk from COVID-19, and a lack of physical exercise and ability to increase their fitness can only make the threat worse,” said team BEDS&LUTON Director Clare Fitzboydon.

“We are asking those who want to make a stand for their neighbours to answer our call to action.

“We need local charities, organisations or sport professionals to come forward to help deliver online activity sessions during the current lockdown.”

Sport England has made £20 million of National Lottery money available via the Tackling Inequalities Fund.

This will be administered by Active Partners like team BEDS&LUTON to support projects provided by those who are meeting the needs of target groups.

“We’ve worked with a wide range of charities and community groups since the pandemic struck to help us keep people in Bedfordshire active at home,” added Claire.

“We want to support more organisations to do the same, even if sport or physical activity isn’t your main thing. If you have an idea and the ability to help keep our community healthy – we want to hear from you today.”

To find out more about a funding application through team BEDS&LUTON, contact: Johnathan Rudland, Relationship Manager on 07928 180 369 or email johnathan@teambedsandluton.co.uk.

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