London Youth Games Foundation have a Rodney Fitzgerald Fund. We have previously offered grants through our previous sponsorship with Balfour Beatty.
Rodney Fitzgerald Fund
Nine boroughs have been awarded funding through the London Youth Games Foundation’s Rodney Fitzgerald Grant programme to develop inclusive sports programmes.
The winning boroughs have proposed new initiatives in sports ranging from BMX to Indoor Rowing and ParaGames Athletics.
The successful boroughs and programmes are:
· Brent – ParaGames Athletics – the grant will be used to provide an experienced Athletics coach from the charity Disability Sports Coach at a specialist sports facility to work with disabled students in the borough and bring together a team to compete at the LYG PG Athletics event.
· Sutton – Boccia – the grant will be used to support the borough in entering the LYG Boccia event by delivering an 8-week coaching programme to introduce students to Boccia and develop their technical ability, playing standard and confidence.
· Greenwich – PG Athletics – the grant will be used to deliver PG Athletics festivals at six schools across the borough to introduce students to PG Athletics through fun activities. This will raise the profile of the sport and help to identify new athletes to compete in 2017.
· Hillingdon – PG Tennis – the grant will be used to increase the amount of inclusive competition through developing inclusive tennis at a local club. The club will deliver six sessions of inclusive tennis at three different schools culminating in an inclusive tennis competition, the winner of which will represent Hillingdon at the LYG PG Tennis event.
· Kingston – PG Football, Athletics & Swimming – the grant will be used to source and support coaches to provide sessions in PG Athletics while local clubs including Kingston Royals will support with coaching sessions for PG Swimming. Partners such as Fulham and/or AFC Wimbledon will help develop PG Football teams for LYG competitions in both male and female categories.
· Ealing – BMX – the grant will enable more children with additional needs to access BMX riding alongside existing club members and participants. Currently the BMX club has around 30 riders with around 20 with declared additional needs. The club is aiming to recruit 10 new riders with additional needs through schools and community contacts and support their development by funding a new coach and equipment.
· Hounslow – Indoor Rowing – the grant will be used by Hounslow Sports Development team to run a trial indoor rowing session for those both with and without disabilities. Those who enjoy the activity and wish to continue will be able to take part in training sessions with the aim of entering a full team in 2017. 2015 gold medallist Kelisha, who has been invited to compete at the Deaflympics Turkey 2017, will champion this programme and inspire those with disabilities to take part.
· Newham – IZB – the grant will be used to introduce wheelchair basketball into an existing after-school basketball club. The wheelchair basketball sessions will be available for young disabled and mainstream pupils and open to pupils of other schools. The aim is to bring both types of basketball together to play IZB in the sessions.
· Tower Hamlets – PG Tennis – the grant will be used to fund a six-week tennis coaching programme at three currently less-engaged schools, culminating in a borough competition from which the winners will represent Tower Hamlets at the LYG PG Tennis event. The sessions will target schools that have never been involved in PG Tennis but have expressed an interest and aim to introduce beginners to the game.
Rodney Fitzgerald was one of the original members of the management board when the Games were first launched in 1977. He was a key figure in keeping the Games financially afloat in its early years and remained a friend of the Games throughout his life until his passing in 2012.
The fund has focused on two parts;
- A three year programme to develop and grow Inclusive Cricket within the competition programme
- A two year grants programme targeted at creating more integrated opportunities for those with and without impairments to participate alongside each other. Grants would be for up to £750.
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Since the launch of the Sports Development Grants over £0.35m has been distributed to nearly 170 projects throughout London, benefitting an estimated 12,000 young people. London boroughs each apply for grants of up to £2500 to fund grass roots projects in their communities.
£20,000 was awarded in 2016 across London.
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- Be targeted at those predominately under 25
- Add skills, qualifications and/or experience to those involved
- Benefit the LYG volunteer workforce of GamesForce, Officials, Team Managers etc
- Be sustainable and have a long term impact
- Offer value for money and address a need not catered for elsewhere