Sport England funded projects named as National Lottery Award finalists

Three Sport England funded projects are in with a chance of winning one of the National Lottery Awards.

The ceremony is an annual event which aims to find the nations favourite Lottery funded projects and celebrate the difference they make to local communities.

The awards fall into seven categories to reflect the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, voluntary/charity, environment, health and education. The public are urged to show their support and cast a vote to decide who will win the title in each category.

 The sport category finalists are:

  •  Active Newcastle
    Newcastle City Council was awarded £341,000 of Lottery funding to run a project to get more people involved in exercise and physical activity more often in the run up to London 2012. The project now runs a diverse programme of 80 sessions per week in locations ranging from offices blocks to sports halls in small estates.
  • Chase Trails Cycle Project
    Around 100,000 people have got on their bike in Cannock Chase thanks to a network of cycle trails building by the Forestry Commision in partnership with the local community. The project received£131,000 of Lottery funding from Sport England.

  • The Bluebird Care Hampshire Disability Cricket Programme
    For disabled people, finding a club to play cricket at can be difficult. A Sport England Lottery award of just £30,000 helped Hampshire Cricket Board to employ a fulltime cricket development officer with a remit to focus exclusively on developing a disability cricket programme. The scheme has three teams – one for people with visual impairments, two for players with physical and learning disabilities. However its main priority is to promote the inclusion of disabled cricketers within mainstream clubs. Over 1,000 players have now been involved.“The National Lottery Awards recognise the immense impact that Lottery-funded projects have on people and communities across theUK

National Lottery Show host and supporter of the awards, Mylene Klass, said:

“The National Lottery Awards recognise the immense impact that Lottery-funded projects have on people and communities across theUK

“Lottery players raise a massive £28 million a week for Good Causes, that’s almost £3,000 every minute.  This funds something for everyone from big projects like museums and art galleries to helping local sport, heritage and community groups.

“These finalists showcase the selfless volunteers and unsung heroes who are using Lottery funding to improve the lives of others.  This is your final chance to pay tribute to them by voting for your favourite project.  Please get behind your local project and secure them national recognition – every vote counts!”

Voting closes at midday on 26th September – vote for your favourite by visiting

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