About Sportivate


Application process for Year 6 projects is now closed and all funding has been allocated to the successful projects.

Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.

The programme gives 11-25 year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six-to-eight weeks' of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports. There’s a wide range of activities on offer including bowls, judo, golf, tennis, wakeboarding, athletics, and parkour/free running. 

During the six-to-eight weeks those taking part can work towards an event or personal challenge and when the free or low-cost coaching has finished they will be supported to continue playing sport. 

Sportivate launched in June 2011 as a four-year programme aimed at 14-25 year-olds but, due to its success, additional funding of £10m per year has been invested allowing the programme to run until March 2017.

From September 2013, Sportivate is extending its age group so that 11-13 year-olds can also take part. Sportivate is inclusive and targets a variety of young people including those who have a disability and people from black and minority ethnic groups.

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 If you would like to find out more about Sportivate please contact Jonny Hunt on jonny@wiltssport.org or call the office on 01225 781500 or mobile on 07900218356.

Sportivate Programme Review

In April 2017, WASP completed its 6th and final year of delivery for Sport England’s Sportivate Programme. The programme was designed to enable more people to access sport and activity by means of ‘taster sessions’. WASP advertised this locally and received applications from a range of interested partners to deliver, from Sports Clubs, to individual providers and community organisations.

Over the 6-year period WASP had 7,985 11-25 years olds successfully complete a Sportivate project (Complete = attending 5/6 sessions or 6/8 sessions) with a further 52,127 sampling activity through Sportivate!

Activities and sports which WASP have supported have included; Aerobics, American Football, Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, BMX, Boccia, Boxing, Canoeing, Climbing, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Equestrian, Fencing, Parkour, Football, Golf, Gym, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Mixed Martial Arts, Modern Pentathlon, Multisport, Netball, Rugby, Skateboarding, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Yoga.

WASP have distributed approximately £400,000 to groups running Sportivate projects which has supported key elements that make these projects possible such as coach education, facility, hire, coach salary, retention activities, new facilities and much, much more.

Former Sportivate Lead for WASP Jordi Rose commented - “Sportivate for us as an organisation was a great success, it allowed us to meet and create links with new and existing clubs and organisations and allowed us to make a real difference to the levels of participation in Wiltshire and Swindon. The nature of the programme allowed us to visit the projects that were being delivered hence strengthening the link and also to use our other wide range of tools to ensure sustainability of the projects. I personally would like to thank all those who were involved either as a participant or a deliverer for making this such a successful 6 years”

Kevin Whitehorn, Beversbrook Facility Manager also commented “Calne Town Council has been awarded a number of Sportivate funds for a number of sporting events ranging from Archery, Mum’s Get Active, Athletics and Ladies Football to name a few. None of these projects would be possible or sustainable without support from Sportivate funding and WASP”

Participant Nicole Earley – “ Last year’s Sportivate sessions were brilliant and really fun! A great introduction to kayaking”

With Sportivate funding no longer currently available for all funding opportunities please visit our website - http://wiltssport.org/funding/funding-a-z