We’re Supporting Sport England to Make Sport and Activity More Accessible

Sport England Uniting the Movement

The Ann Craft Trust is among a group of over 120 organisations working in partnership with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across the country.

Across five years, The Ann Craft Trust will receive expertise, support and an investment of £1,649,976 of funding to help Sport England deliver their ambitious Uniting the Movement strategy.

What is Uniting The Movement?

Sport England research shows that some groups are typically less active than others. Examples include women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, and people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socioeconomic groups.

The Ann Craft Trust believes that everyone has the right to be safe. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. With this funding and support, we will empower all sport and activity organisations to embed a culture of safeguarding adults to minimise the risk of abuse.

We will work with our safeguarding partners to help identify abuse and promote positive safeguarding practice while tackling inequality. We will also extend our contact further to support harder-to-reach communities thus allowing further inclusivity.

Our focus is to embed safeguarding adults across the entire sport and activity sector. It must be visible and valued within the sector, with a thorough understanding of how positive cultures can help prevent abuse.

A Culture of Change

Sport England selected all partner organisations due to their ability to influence change and improvement at the heart of the system they are a part of, no matter how big or small.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:

Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active. No matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is. But we know that certain groups – like adults at risk – are more likely to be inactive. We can only innovate and tackle inequalities effectively by thinking about long-term change; Uniting the Movement is a long-term vision, and our funding approach needs to reflect that. Changes to our funding model will help us achieve our goal. It will make it easier for our partners to do what they need to do to level up and deliver.

Deborah Kitson, CEO of the Ann Craft Trust, said:

The Ann Craft Trust is pleased to be a safeguarding partner supporting Sport England’s Uniting The Movement campaign. This means we can continue our commitment to support sport and activity organisations in this priority area. We aim to bring safeguarding adults to the forefront and ensure that participants experience a safe and positive engagement with sport.

Head here to learn more about the Sport England Uniting the Movement strategy.

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