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Sportivate was a £56 million Lottery funded initiative that gave more young people the chance to discover a new sport. The programme gave 11-25 year-olds, who were not particularly sporty, access to six-to-eight weeks' of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports.

Sportivate provided clubs and organisations with the opportunity to apply for funding to deliver a coached sports activity, with a target of as many young people as possible missing no more than 1 session of a 6,7 or 8 week block. Projects were designed to offer strong and sustainable exit routes which aimed to keep young people engaged after the first few  weeks.  Sportivate funding supported projects with coaching costs, facility hire, equipment, marketing, coach education courses and much more.

The programme supported an increase in the number of 11-25 year olds taking part in weekly sport and physical activity by specifically targeting ‘inactive’ young people who have taken part in 0 to 3 sessions of formal activity in the previous 28 days.

After a very successful 6 years, the Sportivate programme in County Durham has come to an end.

During the 2016/17 year, 1,524 young people took part in at least one Sportivate session, 675 of which were classified as ‘inactive’ before engaging in the programme.

Over 6 years of Sportivate delivery, County Durham Sport provided funding for over 280 projects to be delivered and engaged 9,379 young people in the programme.

Please see our Sportivate Top Tips document below or visit the Insight Hub for information and research on youth participation and how to deliver successful projects to young people.