British Blind Sport (BBS) is joining partner organisations to celebrate the impact of Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). The fund was launched in April 2020 in response to Covid-19, providing £20m of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help community groups across the country continue to operate and support groups to get or stay active. The fund has focused on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, to try and prevent the inequalities gap from widening and to minimise the impact on activity levels.
BBS is the national disability sports organisation that represents blind and partially sighted people in sport and physical activity. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it became clear that social isolation posed a greater risk to blind and partially sighted people more than ever before. BBS has actively supported the funding, which has been used to help vulnerable groups engage with clubs and return to physical activity. BBS and all of our clubs that have received funding would like to thank Sport England for their support over the past 18 months. Through the TIF fund, BBS has been involved in many projects, including:
- Through Wesport, BBS received TIF funding to deliver our virtual Bristol Have a Go Day, with links to local clubs, opportunities and pathways, as well as the later delivery of a physical event.
- Working alongside the Sensory Alliance to enable more Londoners with sensory impairments to be active through various means, including the development of a London Sensory Challenge Pack which is soon to be released to Londoners with sensory loss.
- Alongside other National Disability Sports Organisations, BBS received funding from Sport England to re-allocate to clubs on the BBS activity finder to help revive sessions and drive further engagement and participation for blind and partially sighted people. BBS is currently undergoing a review process for the clubs that applied.
An additional £20 million is being made available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity. The support is designed to enable further recovery and growth up until March 2023.
Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive of British Blind Sport says, 'It has been more important than ever to work collaboratively to support as many people as possible to be active, get involved in their community and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. We're proud to support the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund and will continue to work with sector partners both nationally and locally to break down barriers, tackle inequalities and support vulnerable groups and clubs return to play."
To find out more about our the Tackling Inequalities or
Together Fund, please visit: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds