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15 February 2018

We are delighted to announce the three finalists for the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award at this year’s British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.

The Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award recognises an organisation/individual/project that has had a significant impact on bringing communities together through sport or physical activity at a local level in England.

The three finalists for the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award are:

6 February 2018

Spirit of 2012 today announces new development funding for two innovative projects that will empower girls and young women to change their communities for the benefit of other girls.  Both organisations will use the funding to further develop further their applications for a full grant of up to £1.8m, working within communities to co-produce the projects with girls and young women in the areas where they want to work.

23 January 2018

Spirit of 2012 is funding the extension of Netball Scotland’s Sirens programme, which empowers and engages girls and young women through the sport.

Sirens for Success was launched in schools across Glasgow in April 2017, an offshoot of the Sirens elite team which plays in the UK Vitality Netball Superleague. Spirit’s extra funding means the programme will now extend across nine more Local Authorities in Scotland (Clackmannanshire, East Ayrshire, Falkirk, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire).

19 January 2018

Spirit of 2012 today launches a new Sport Challenge Fund, offering a grant opportunity for a project that opens up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group. Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards  disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation.

17 January 2018

Kieran Harding has been appointed as a new member of the Spirit of 2012 Board, which includes public figures from sport, the arts, the corporate sector and public life. Kieran brings sporting and social expertise, as well as great enthusiasm for the work of Spirit.
 

“I welcome this opportunity to join the Board of Spirit of 2012,” said Keiran. “Through its unique approach to investment in sport, the arts and volunteering, Spirit brings measurable impacts on the key issues of social cohesion and well-being in communities across all regions of the UK.”

10 January 2018

A brand-new, year-long project aimed at increasing physical activity among young women and girls in two areas of North Lanarkshire is launching this month. 

11 December 2017

Nominations for the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs), to be held on 24 March 2018, are now open. The BEDSAs ceremony, organised by Sporting Equals, celebrates and rewards sporting achievements amongst Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women and men. 

Once again we are sponsoring the Connecting Communities Award, which recognises an organisation/individual/project that has had a significant impact on bringing communities together through sport or physical activity at a local level in England.

7 December 2017

It's been another fantastic year for Spirit of 2012, and the amazing projects we fund. Here's some selected highlights of the last 12 months...

6 December 2017

Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) has extended its support for the Verbal Arts Centre in Northern Ireland to fund Reading Rooms: Beyond the Walls, a literacy project for young ex-offenders. Verbal Arts Centre runs Reading Rooms across Northern Ireland.

29 November 2017

 

The Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) today launches a new Challenge Fund, calling for applications from organisations working to tackle mental health issues among young people in Wales and north-east England.

“As Chair of the Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel, I am super excited to announce the new YAP Challenge Fund,” said Michaela Collins. “This is a unique funding opportunity opened up to organisations that help tackle the stigma of mental health in children and young people through the arts.”

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