Moving more in Bassetlaw

Moving more in Bassetlaw

Young People in Bassetlaw who want to become more physically active, but face barriers in doing so are set to benefit from a £10,000 grant from Sport England. The funding, administered by Active Notts has been awarded to Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw (FOYPIB) and will be used to identify what types of physical activity appeals to young people in Bassetlaw and how these can be made accessible.

As well consulting 14-19 year olds on what physical activity young people want, with a particular focus on those who are not active, the investment will also support organisations who work with young people to create the activities that are identified.

Noelle Barron, Development Manager, Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw said: 

“FOYPIB is an established charity supporting young people in Bassetlaw for over 25 years.

As a local community organisation, we embrace this opportunity to work with partners to support young people with their efforts to lead healthy lifestyles.

The benefits for the community as a whole are huge as this project will impact young peoples’ lives enabling them to make a positive contribution in their everyday life and work.”

Bassetlaw District Council are a key partner in this work and Tony Wright, Active Communities Officer said: 

“There are huge benefits to movement and physical activity, both in terms of mental and physical wellbeing. This funding can unlock these benefits by helping young people become more active.

By supporting the organisations who are consulting directly with 14 – 19 year olds and analysing the barriers they are facing in these difficult and restricted times we hope to be in a really strong position to create new opportunities for accessible and appealing activities. It’s a real partnership approach and I’m delighted that we are able to take advantage of local knowledge and experience with this project”

 Active Notts are supporting with this work and Will Hughes, Place Lead for Bassetlaw said: 

“We know how important physical activity is, not only for our physical health but also for building self-esteem and our mental health, particularly during COVID. 

There are several complex barriers that young people face when it comes to living an active lifestyle and we hope this work will enable us to support Bassetlaw young people more affectively. 

 We’re excited to be working with Bassetlaw District Council and Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw to really understand the lives of young people in the area and support those young people to access the right opportunities for them to be active.” 

If you are part of a local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise group or organisation in Bassetlaw providing support to young people and you’d like to get involved, contact Tony Wright via e-mail:

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 22, 2020