L&Q receive almost £500k of Sport England funding

Published on 11/07/2024

We are pleased to partner with Sport England to improve access to sport and physical activity in Waltham Forest and Lewisham.

L&Q will receive expertise, support and an investment of nearly £500,000 from Sport England to continue delivering our ambitious Get Set Go programme.

The strength of the partnership will influence positive change across sectors and networks.

In collaboration with Sport England and supported by the National Lottery, we ran a range of inclusive, community-focused sport, recreation and fitness sessions to support residents’ health and wellbeing from 2022 to 2024.

Local organisations and resident-led groups delivered activities including dancing, cycling and football in and around the Beaumont Estate in Waltham Forest and the Silwood Estate in Lewisham.

The next phase of the programme will take place in additional locations over three years (2024-2027) and will build on lessons learned to enhance future service provision.

Sport England research shows that the opportunities to get involved in sport and physical activity depend too much on a person’s background, gender, bank balance and postcode.

Certain groups are typically less active, including women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups.

Matt Corbett, Director of the L&Q Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to secure this investment from Sport England, a long-term and valued partner in our work.

"Over the last two years, their backing has helped us make great strides in supporting over 1,000 residents to be physically active in their communities.

“When we started Get Set Go, we knew we wanted to work with local and resident-led groups who truly know their areas.

“By finding great local partners to shape our programme, we’ve been able to provide fun and exciting events which meet the needs of the communities where we work. This will continue to guide our approach on this next phase, as we support even more people to get active."

Before the programme’s launch, our Activity Project Manager spent six months out and about in the community getting to know residents and their needs.

The benefits of this community-led approach were demonstrated at a recent football tournament, which came about thanks to consultation with local people.

Participants aged between 8-18 from Leyton and the surrounding areas participated, with representatives from the Met in attendance to help improve community relations and promote a safer environment.