A Fylde sports project set up to get more women active has been awarded over £90,000 by Sport England.
The Y:Women Can project will see YMCA Fylde Coast work in partnership with Fylde Council to increase once a week participation in the Fylde area amongst women aged 14-40 in three core sports (cycling, swimming and running). Working with Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and inspiring a generation of women, the project will also work in partnership with a number of other organisations and local clubs including the Amateur Swimming Association, British Cycling and England Athletics.
Mike Vernon, Director of Physical Activity for the YMCA said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from Sport England. Being active is really important for a healthy mind and body, in addition to being lots of fun. Thanks to this funding more local women can get involved in sport and reap the rewards that being active provides”.
The Y: Women Can project is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Encouraging people to give sport a go, the fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don’t exercise.
Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said, “It’s great to be working with innovative projects like Y: Women Can which will offer more local women the chance to get active in a way that suits them best.”
Y: Women Can is due to commence in December when more details about the project will be made available.