Initial Report into phase 1 & 2 of the Tackling Inequalities Fund
In response to the unequal effects of Covid-19 and lockdown on physical activity rates, Sport England launched the Tackling Inequalities Fund. Active Sussex distributed the fund locally.
Active Sussex sought to identify partners who would be most effective in supporting people from each priority group to be active.
This has been smoothest in those partners engaging disabled people in physical activity as there is a well-established charitable sector able to react immediately. It has been most challenging to identify partners who can support people in deprived areas and from lower socioeconomic groups to be active.
As this report outlines, there are encouraging signs that most providers focusing on this have had some success. The process has led to some new partnerships, not least in Crawley where Active Sussex had a new focus on engaging Black and South Asian people. This aligned with a focus on Crawley as the area worst hit by the economic effects of the pandemic. The findings of this initial report will inform support for projects that are currently in progress and priorities for any future funding aimed at tackling inequalities in physical activity in Sussex.