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Sharing our learning: Community Games 2021

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Posted 13th April 2022

As spring temperatures begin to rise and we all dare to look ahead to what summer may have in store, we’re taking the time to look back on summer 2021 and our Community Games fund.

The fund invited community organisations and sports clubs from across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire to apply for £300 to host a new community event, or to add activity or sport to an existing event.

Its purpose was to support locally run activities that would bring people together as COVID-19 restrictions eased. £20,000 was invested into a number of events across each of the nine districts. The events had to take place outside to minimise COVID-19 risks and be a one-off of at least three hours. This was to distinguish it from regular sessions that may have already been taking place.

It was flexible and the process kept simple to reduce barriers so more organisations could apply. The idea was inspired by the Community Games programme following London 2012. We took the best bits – like the format of events – and learned from the bits that needed changing.  Now, we’re sharing our own learning of what worked well and what didn’t with our evaluation report.

Included in the report is our approach, where and who we funded, and our learning. We also reflect on some of the feedback we received from the organisations we worked with and the people who attended an event.

The full evaluation report is available to download.

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