Sports schemes up for NLA

Public vote to decide which projects are worthy to go up for, and eventually win, ‘Best Sport Project’ title in the National Lottery Awards 2011

A section of sport projects from around the UK are being put to the public vote to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded scheme.

The National Lottery Awards cover eight categories, from arts and education to health and heritage, with 10 projects from around the UK in contention for the ‘Best Sport Project’ crown.

These include: Active Newcastle, which aims to increase the level of adult participation in sport and physical activity in the run up to the Olympics; Calderdale Council Midnight League, originally a football league but now a project that works with young people between the ages of 12-19 in a variety of sporting and fun activities with a focus on reducing anti-social behaviour; Chase Trails Cycle Project, which involves local people in the design, build, maintenance and use of mountain bike trails in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire; Leeds Rugby Foundation Connecting Communities Project, which works with over-14s in sport and physical activities; New Opportunities in Sport and Exercise for Looked-after Children, a scheme that provides looked-after children, care leavers and children in need with the opportunity to get involved in a variety of sports;  Sailing for Blind People, which provides a free introduction to sailing for blind and partially sighted people; Scottish Women’s Active Pathways (SWAP) Project, which raises awareness and seeks to facilitate opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity with a specific focus on black, Asian and minority ethnic women aged 17-24; Sharks Special Olympics Swimming Club, which encourages and facilitates year-round swimming training and competition for children and adults with learning disabilities;  Southwest Regional Talent Centre, an Olympic legacy programme that supports emerging pre-elite athletes through the transition from local and regional development programmes into elite performance programmes; and The Bluebird Care Hampshire Disability Cricket Programme, a project that promotes disability cricket in a wide range of areas.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, with 2011 the eighth year the awards have operated. Lottery players raise around £28 million each week for Good Causes.  These range from large scale, multi-million pound investments to small community grants.

Voting in the semi-finals is open to the public at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, with the top three progressing to the final stage.

Semi-final voting is open until June 20, with final voting to take place from September 5-23 inclusive.