Sports Opportunity Fund

The Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund supports deserving community sports projects close to Samworth Brothers’ locations in Leicestershire, Cornwall and the North West of England. The Fund was launched in October 2013.

There are two types of grants;  awards of up to £1,000 available for projects nominated by Samworth Brothers staff and a number of Major Project grants awarded each year for larger projects in the local community.

The criteria are: 
•    Projects need to be close to a Samworth Brothers site location (usually within a 20 mile radius). 
•    Projects should support the social and economic development of Samworth Brothers local communities by helping young people develop confidence, self esteem and better life skills through sport. 
•    Projects should support the declared Olympic and Paralympic legacy objectives – most particularly increased participation in sport by young people. 

Recent awards include; 

Leicester Warriors Basketball Club 

An impressive inner city club based in Leicester has received £19,000.  The club wanted to extend the number of club sessions available each week and to start up satellite clubs in a number of other inner city areas in Leicester.  In addition, part of the money has also funded a number of outstanding players, allowing them to go to special coaching weekends and competitions.
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Waterfront Boxing Centre  

This is an inner city Leicester club providing sporting facilities in a relatively  deprived area.  The club provides sporting facilities and coaching for young people with activities including recreational boxing, boxercise, football, zumba and street dancing.  A £20,000 award from the Fund has helped the club finish much needed renovation work.  A further award is also being made to help fund a full-time Centre Manager so more young people can use the new facilities.

Gunn’s Community Gym

Two Samworth Brothers staff members put Gunn’s Community Gym in Birstall, Leicester forward for a Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund award.  It has been given £1,000 to help extend a motivational bronze, silver and gold award scheme that the club has run for the past 10 years. 

Sileby Boxing Academy

A £1,000 Opportunity Award has also been made to Sileby Boxing Academy in Leicestershire. 

Cotehele Gig Club 

The Fund has also made its first Cornwall award of £25,000 to the Cotehele Gig Club to fund a new Gig boat. The extra boat will help the club increase its outreach work with young people at the local Callington College and offers valuable taster sessions for CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids).

Leicester City Football Club Trust

The Fund has also joined up with Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Football Club Trust in a three year project to use sport to engage young people at risk of offending or becoming involved in gangs or other anti-social groups. The Fund has committed a total of £60,000 a year to this initiative, over three years. 

For information on how to apply email  or write to Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund, Chetwode House, 1 Samworth Way, Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1GA.
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