New funding for sports

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YOUNGSTERS educated at home in South Yorkshire will be able to take part in more sports activities thanks to lottery funding.

Parents and carers of children taught at home across the county set up the Home Educators Sport Access Group to encourage youngsters to take part in leisure activities, and the group has now been awarded £8,929 ‘Awards for All’ funding to develop a timetable of sports activities.

Group treasurer Rhu Alred said: “It has been an amazing opportunity to bring our group of home-educated youngsters together in a structured, but nurturing environment in which they have taken part in different activities.

“They have also learnt about rules, discipline and participation backed up by classroom activities where they have learned about the human body and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The group applied for lottery funding in partnership with Sheffield International Venues, which operates sports facilities across the city.

Rob Womack, funding and grants manager at SIV, said: “Because this group of youngsters don’t attend mainstream school, they don’t have access to the sporting facilities and equipment that many other children do.

“The Awards for All funding means we can provide this group with access to SIV’s top-class facilities, which we hope will inspire them to participate in more leisure activities in future.”