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Tackling Inequalities in Physical Activity

Tackling inequalities in physical activity levels of adults is a strategic priority for Active Sussex. Sport England's Together Fund helps providers support those who find it hardest to be active into activity.

Together Fund

Sport England’s Together Fund (previously the Tackling Inequalities Fund) was created in June 2020 to reduce the inequalities in activity levels between different groups in society, with a specific focus on:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Ethnically diverse communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions.

Active Sussex distribute the fund locally and seek to identify partners who would be most effective in supporting people from each priority group to be active.

Search for grants by area and priority group

Through the Together Fund, Active Sussex has developed new relationships and collaborated with partners it hadn’t previously worked with to increase physical activity for those most in need. Active Sussex has been able to fund traditional and non-traditional sport and physical activity providers to ensure those individuals and communities within the four priority groups were reached. You can read more about Active Sussex‚Äôs approach and who was funded in the interim report on phases 1 and 2 published in December 2020, and a report on phases 1-3 published in December 2021.

You can use the interactive graphic below to search for grants by area and priority group.

The story in Sussex

To see how this has had an effect at a local level here are videos showing projects funded in Sussex and the impact this has had on those reached through the Together Fund.

Long term health conditions - Active Worthing Wellbeing Centre

Here is the story of one Worthing organisation who has used this funding to impact those living with long term health conditions and help them to keep active in their everyday lives.

Ethnically diverse communities - Crawley Eagles Cricket Club

Here is the story of one organisation who has used the funding to impact people from lower socio-economic groups, specifically targeting women and girls from the South Asian community in Crawley, West Sussex.

Lower Socioeconomic Groups - VYD CIC

Here is the story of one organisation who has used the funding to impact those living in deprived neighbourhoods.

Long term health conditions - Cancer United and Neurokinex

Here are the stories of two organisations who have used the funding to impact those living with long term conditions.

The national story so far

To find out more about the collective story nationally over the first 12 months of the Together Fund, Sport England have brought together a short video and presentation to share some of our key learnings and impact.

Read the full presentation report from Sport England.

Watch the video from Sport England

Since its launch, TIF has enabled community groups to continue to exist and engage with their communities, supporting people to be engaged and active. This video shows the national story so far.

Ross Joannides

Strategic Relationship Manager

Ross is responsible for working with partners to tackle inequalities locally in order to address inactivity. He has a focus on increasing the levels of physical activity for older people and people living with long-term health conditions. Ross is also the Active Sussex Strategic lead for Brighton & Hove.