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WLCT wins family fitness funding
Wednesday 25th June, 2014

LEISURE provider WLCT has been awarded 50,000 of Sport England funding to get more families in Wigan, Cannock and Selby active.

The funding is part of a three-year 2 million project called Make Your Move, which aims to increase opportunities to participate in sport at a local level in innovative and creative ways.

WLCT will use the money to introduce the MyFamilyFitness programme, which will provide family-friendly participation opportunities through exercise classes, fitness and sports sessions, focusing on deprived communities with the highest levels of inactivity and obesity.

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT, said: "This is the first time we have successfully bid for funding to carry out a project across all three of our contract areas, so we are especially delighted with this award. We are all about getting people active and the MyFamilyFitness programme will give a real boost to our work in the local communities."

Councillor Paul Kenny, Wigan Council cabinet member for leisure, said: "It is great news that WLCT has secured this money. Getting our residents more active is a key aim of the council. We want to help people live healthier lives and taking regular exercise is an important part of that. It's great this money will help fund a scheme for families as we want to see all ages participating in sport."

The Sport England National Lottery Funding is being distributed by Sporta, the representative body for leisure and cultural trusts in the UK. Leisure trusts are able to apply for up to 50,000 and in the first round 13 different projects throughout the UK are being supported.

Brian Leonard, Sporta's CEO, said: "The Make Your Move campaign is about increasing participation in sport at a local level. By funding projects designed by local trusts and created specifically for local people, the Make Your Move campaign can make a real difference to local people. This, in turn, offers true benefits to these trusts' local communities."

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