Sport Grants Continue in Lewisham Despite Venue Closures

The closure of sports venues because of coronavirus restrictions will not affect Lewisham Council's grants for sport groups across the borough.

By Anon, Lewisham · May 29, 2020

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Lewisham Council is set to spend £97,750 on sports grants over the next three years despite venues being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of £25,000 has been allocated to Millwall Community Trust, the charity set up with the football team that helps develop football skills, and both walking sports and disability support.

Lewisham Council has also awarded a grant to Platform Cricket for £25,000. However, all their activities have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The charity aims to increase the number of children in London that participate in cricket, including children from disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds.

While the parks and activities are closed, the council is advising that parents encourage children to talk part in daily exercise such as walks, running or cycling.

Thousands of children in Lewisham were taking part in a daily mile challenge at school and the charity behind the scheme has created some “family fun challenges” to promote exercise.

Residents are also putting rainbows and teddy bears in their gardens and windows for children to look out for while exercising.  

Lewisham Council has posted more tips on how to keep children and adults active during the pandemic on their website.

The data was sourced through a Freedom of Information request submitted by media literacy charity The Student View.