Funding Announced to Help Veterans Engage in Physical Activity in Greater Manchester

  • Author

    GreaterSport
  • Date

    11th May 2018

Tags: sport, Physical Activity, veterans

GreaterSport are delighted to announce that through our partnership with Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) and further partners including Tameside Council and the Ministry of Defence, we have been awarded a grant of £319,500 from Sport England. The funding is for a three year pilot project which will benefit the ex-service personnel Community across Tameside and Greater Manchester.

Donations received at the 2016 Greater Manchester Sports Award and 2016 North West Football Awards enabled us to pilot different opportunities for veterans throughout Greater Manchester. The learnings from these pilots have been used to develop this programme, which is one of the 18 successful bids being funded by Sport England.

The project will develop a programme of physical activity and sport sessions to be delivered by partner organisations and community clubs. It aims to decrease social isolation among veterans and increase the amount of ex-service personnel engaging in physical activity, particularly during the transition into civilian life. Spanning over three years, the project will be delivered in Tameside for the first year, then expanding across Greater Manchester for the final two years.

The project is well timed as the recent appointment of an Armed Forces Officer for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will help reach more veterans across the region.

In addition, the ten local authority areas will work collaboratively to develop policy and wider learning, an approach which is unique in the UK. Not only will the project benefit the Armed Forces Community, it will also support local delivery organisations in boosting the local economy.

Running alongside the project will be a PhD study to undertake a qualitative evaluation to ensure all learnings be captured to influence future programmes aimed at supporting ex-service personnel. You can find more information on the study here.

Nick Lowden, GreaterSport’s Interim Development Manager (Workforce) said;

“This programme has been developed thanks to collaborative working between many Greater Manchester organisations. GreaterSport is passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport, which this project certainly does by giving ex-service personnel an opportunity to remain physically active during the transition period. Working with our partners Tameside Armed Services, Manchester Metropolitan University and others will ensure the programme will support many ex-service personnel as well as helping to shape future programmes.”

Sport England's Director of Sport Phil Smith said:

“We know that when life changes, activity habits can change too. Leaving school or college, getting a new job, starting a family, retiring from work - all big challenges for even the most committed to sport and fitness. We want to find out what would make it easier for people to stay active after that big change.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we are giving GreaterSport project funding so they can help veterans in Greater Manchester engage in physical activity, as they transition into civilian life. Sport England will support this work and share what works – and what doesn't – more widely among the sport sector so more can be done to help support people to keep up their activity habits whatever happens in their lives."

For more information contact Nick Lowden; nick@greatersport.co.uk