ParkLives Southampton are excited to launch their Community Grant Applications in readiness for the Summer of 2019.

ParkLives, powered by Active Nation in Southampton, provides community and Health & Wellbeing programmes with the aim get as many people healthy and active as possible.

This is done by making use of the fantastic parks and open spaces that Southampton has to offer. From April onwards, we are looking to expand our offering to the community. We plan to put on more sessions than ever before, in addition to delivering a programme which really provides what communities require.

Would you like to undertake training or a qualification which will enable you to be able to deliver a weekly ParkLives activity within the city? A grant could enable you to become a member of our Session Leader team and deliver for us in Southampton.

Our grants aren’t necessarily limited to £250 – if your proposal is exceptional we may consider offering a greater award, just tell us how much you would require and why.

Nick Coe, Head Coach for Solent Red Storm Flag Football Team, tells us: "We were given £500 at the end of 2018 to help purchase equipment that would not only benefit our club, but the local community too as it meant that we could offer two free ParkLives sessions each week: Sunday lunchtimes for kids (and 'have-a-go parents') on the field outside Chamberlayne Leisure Centre and Thursday evenings for adults (16+) inside one of Chamberlayne's big rooms. There is a massive emphasis on both sessions being fun, but also a way to teach participants about the game and keeping fit. It gives me a unique position being a ParkLives Session Leader and an American Football Coach because I can see the positive impact that sport has in our communities. ParkLives offers a huge array of different activities for people to try and, with its Community Grants system, it allows people that show an interest in the sport a chance to continue with it and develop within a club environment."

The team are looking for applications which show an individual, club or organisation has identified the needs of their local community and shaped their sessions, equipment and session leaders around these - therefore allowing ParkLives Southampton to provide an array of lifestyle, sport, family, adventure and fitness sessions.

Maxwell Bradbury-Knight, Partnership Manager for Active Nation, who manage the ParkLives Programme, added: "Working with local clubs, individuals and groups such as Friends Of Parks teams is a powerful tool when it comes to engaging with some of Southampton's most inactive, and hardest to reach, population. The ParkLives Community Grant Applications allow residents of the city the opportunity to submit their ideas, promote their clubs and drive participation and behaviour change which in turn, battles the ever increasing health inequalities within Southampton. We're excited to open the grant process and welcome applications."

Round One of applications was launched today (19th February 2019) and closes at 9pm on March 20th. Members from local clubs, organisations, libraries and sports teams are all encouraged to submit applications which showcase the utter ambition to make Southampton residents happier, healthier and more active.

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Active Nation's Active Communities Team welcomes conversations with interested parties prior to their application being submitted and can provide clarification and guidance on what to include. Contact the team for more information on 02380 784131 or click here.