New back-to-sport programme for Bolsover District

Bolsover District Council will be putting on seven different sports programmes in 2013 aimed at getting people aged 14 and above back into sport.

The Council has been awarded £5,458 worth of funding from the Sport England Small Grants programme to fund ten weekly sessions in the seven different sports. Each session will be led by a number of qualified coaches and will take place at several venues across the District.

The sports within the programme are badminton, basketball, football (two sessions, one for males and one for females), hockey and netball (females only), rounders and trampolining. The sessions are currently being planned and will be staggered throughout 2013 with the first sessions set to start in January.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Coun Ann Syrett said, “We are delighted we have been given this funding to put on new sports and activities and hopefully encourage people back into sport. The sports were chosen following a survey we did with a large number of Year 11 students from across the District as we asked them what sports they would like to take part in and the results from the survey helped to shape the successful bid.”

Funding will be used to train new coaches as well as pay for venues and coach fees and promotion. Once finalised, the Back to Sport BD Programme will launch in early 2013 and will provide an ideal opportunity for individuals to meet new people, have fun and get back in shape after the Christmas festivities.

Councillor Syrett added, “The Back to Sport BD Programme will help us towards our overall ambition of increasing the number of people who regularly take part in sport and also help us to reduce the number of young people who stop playing sport when they finish school. With seven different sports to choose from it will give people the chance to return to a sport they may have played in the past or try a sport for the first time. There really will be something for everyone to take part in and enjoy, so why not bring a friend or family member along too.”

This is the second successful funding application through the Sport England Small Grants programme, which has resulted in almost £14,000 worth of funding coming into the District to fund new sporting activities.

Only last month Bolsover District Council along with Bolsover District School Sports Partnership wrote a bid on behalf of the Bolsover and District Table Tennis Development Group. A new Table Tennis Club will be launched in South Normanton in January 2013.

For more information on the Back to Sport BD Programme please telephone 01246 593066, visit or email