Sport England launch open call for innovative solutions
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:22
Sport England has launched an 'Open Call' to invite innovative solutions.
Many people are facing significant, disproportionate barriers to being active during the coronavirus outbreak. This open call is aiming to support innovative solutions that respond to these challenges and support those most affected so they can be active at this time.
Research shows there are major inequalities within society, with too many of us not able to access activity in the same way and missing out on the health benefits. These inequalities aren't new, but they are being exacerbated by the pandemic which is why we want to act now to ensure they don't get worse.
Innovation can play a key role in helping people to overcome these challenges, to support them to lead more active lives an in turn help tackle the inequalities that exist within society. Innovation also comes in many different forms, from new products to technology or small changes that have profound effects. It doesn't have to be complicated, some of the best ideas are local, simple and start with people at the heart.
The work to support innovation is beginning with this open call for solutions that remove barriers for the communities that are currently least well-served.
Who is Sport England looking to support?
Sport England is looking for solutions from individuals and organisations specifically developed to support women, people on low incomes, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, disabled people or people living with long-term health conditions.
These solutions should address at least one of the challenges below, as they're the most likely to be affecting our target groups:
- Changes in circumstances: when faced with change due to financial pressures or increased caring responsibilities, certain groups may no longer feel able to invest time and/or money, or may lack the headspace needed to think about, plan, or invest the effort it takes to be active.
- Mental health: certain groups of people are more likely to be experiencing new or worsening feelings of depression, stress, loneliness or anxiety, reducing their likelihood to be physically active.
- Digital exclusion: faced with a continued period of enforced social distancing or isolation, people who are unable to, or who do not have access to digital channels, may not have the opportunity to be physically active.
What support is available?
Sport England is looking to support successful submissions to make a positive difference to the challenges outlined within the next six months. This support may include:
- Access to connections
- Advice from experts in the sport and physical activity sector
- Access to industry-leading research and insight into activity trends and motivations
- A possible award of up to £50,000, from a potential £1 million pot of National Lottery funding
What else do I need to know?
Sport England is looking to help these audiences quickly, so are looking for products or solutions that are already worked up and ready to deliver a positive impact within the next six months.
Your solution doesn't have to directly deliver physical activity. Sport England is very interested in solutions focused on community infrastructure or that might encourage greater activity through changes to the physical environment.
Sport England is particularly interested in supporting individuals and organisations that are new to them, that may never have heard of them and may be in other industries – there's a wealth of talent out there with vital contributions to make.
If you're currently delivering a project funded by Sport England and think you can help this open call, please speak to your Sport England contact in the first instance.
The open call will initially be open for two weeks, closing on Wednesday 24 June at noon.
More information and details on how to apply can be found at: