VIY begins partnership with Sport England

5 December 2020 | All News

To coincide with International Volunteer Day 2020, VIY and Sport England announced a new three-year, £2million partnership involving 4,000+ young volunteers helping to renovate and improve 225 grassroots sports clubs and other active community spaces and places in need.

More than 60% of the projects are located in local communities among the 20% most deprived nationally. The programme will also be open to less formal ‘active spaces’ such as community centres or youth clubs that host physical activity.

Projects are match-funded and delivered in collaboration with other stakeholders such as national sports governing bodies, local authorities, and building and construction sector employers, as well as key VIY partners Dulux and Travis Perkins.

Sport England Director of Sport Phil Smith said of the partnership announcement: “Local sports clubs and venues have never been more important. They provide places to play and ways to stay fit, while bringing communities together in a tough time. This partnership between Sport England and VIY will play a significant role in helping make our sports facilities better, while giving the many brilliant young people involved the chance to develop new vocational skills and boost their employment prospects.”