One of our main aims here at Spirit of 2012 is to enable people to participate in a wide range of activities and engage in their communities - improving their wellbeing in the process. Here are just a few of the ways we're making that happen...
The Legacy 14 Sporting Equality Fund is open for applications
Applications are now being sought for Sporting Equality Fund for projects that target women and girls who are currently not participating in physical activity, and want to become more active.
Spirit of 2012 is delighted to be working with the Scottish Government to offer funding that will increase the number of women and girls in Scotland who participate in sport and physical activity. The Fund will support no fewer than 12 projects targeting women and girls who want to become more active through sport.
Happy and Healthy 2016!
As we enter the new year Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, welcomes the publication of the government’s new strategy for an active nation.
Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government’s approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Let's take a quick look at some of the ways in which we're using our Big Lottery Funding to help make people feel happier in over 100 locations across the UK...
1) Finding one million mentors…
Research shows that helping others through volunteering and mentoring can increase people's happiness and wellbeing. With that in mind, Spirit has awarded £50,000 to youth leadership organisation UpRising to develop an online mentoring platform. The pilot version is now live and currently looking to recruit mentors from Manchester, Cardiff and London.
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: 10 Years On
"The juxtaposition of those two very different events is particularly vivid for me. I was involved both in the aftermath of 7/7 and the preparations for London 2012."
Ten years on. Our Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, reflects.
Get Out, Get Active launched in Northern Ireland
This week saw Spirit of 2012’s £4.5 million physical activity programme, Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) officially launched in Northern Ireland. The project is happening in eighteen locations across the UK, including Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon as well as Derry City and Strabane District Council. Spirit is funding the initiative - the first of its kind on such a scale - and GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together.
10 ways we’re helping...
to spread #happiness
To mark #InternationalDayOfHappiness recently, we took a quick look at ten ways in which we're using our Big Lottery Funding to help make people across the UK feel happier...
Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million to help people to ‘Get Out & Get Active’ across the UK
Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport.
The initiative will be called Get Out &Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Get Out, Get Active website goes live
A new Get Out, Get Active website www.getoutgetactive.co.uk has been launched today, to enable as many people as possible to access essential GOGA information. The mobile responsive site will act as a hub for GOGA delivery partners and will also support disabled and non-disabled people to learn more about the programme and to get involved in GOGA activities in their own communities.
10 ways we're tackling...
loneliness and isolation
At Spirit of 2012, we’re absolutely committed to funding projects that bring people together. With that in mind, here are just ten of the (many) ways we are helping tackle the loneliness and isolation felt by an increasing number of people across the UK.
A spirited conversation with... Get Out, Get Active's Kat Southwell
Spirit of 2012 funds Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) - a £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. The first programme of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Developed to get some of the UK's least active people moving more, GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three years.
Get Out & Get Active – Spirit of 2012 Funding Announcement
Spirit of 2012 will commit a £4.5m grant to increase participation in physical activity and volunteering across the UK. The grant, unveiled today, is a central element of our continuing contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, and will be awarded following a two-stage application process early next year, as Rio gears up to host the Games.
Spirit's £4.5 million Get Out Get Active launched
Today marks the start of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme following January’s successful funding announcement. Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. In the first of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Developed to get some of the UK's least active people moving more, GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three-years.