£500 grants available to Somerset sports clubs to become ‘smoke free’

Mar 21, 2016

The Somerset Smokefree Alliance, a group of organisations working together to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, is pleased to launch the latest round of Smokefree grants in Somerset.  Sports clubs are being offered grants of £500 to help 'denormalise' smoking and so that all children and young people are able participate in physical activity and sport in a smoke free environment. The grants are being administered by Somerset Community Foundation, and we are looking for more sports clubs and teams to get involved and become 'smokefree'!

In order to receive a £500 grant, which sports clubs can then spend however they want, applicants must implement a ‘smokefree policy’ that ensures that their site is smoke free at all times when young people are present. Each club will also need to send at least one coach on a brief intervention training course which will be provided free of charge. The training sessions are run by Somerset County Council in partnership with SASP, and will provide coaches with knowledge around smoking and sports.  

Nicola Crocker, SCC Tobacco Control specialist said “We are excited to be able to launch the third round of the Smokefree Sports Clubs Grants, which has been a great success so far.  To date over 80 local clubs have taken part in the project, implementing smokefree policies, meaning that fewer young people are exposed to people smoking around them when they are taking part in sports”.

The current dates for training are as follows:

  • Yeovil/Bruton – Tuesday 21st June – 6.00-8.30pm
  • Taunton/Wellington – Tuesday 28th June – 6.00-8.30pm

Training venues will be confirmed nearer the time depending on numbers and the location of the applicants.

If you are interested in helping your sports club to become ‘smokefree’ and denormalise smoking for the young people in Somerset please apply! The deadline to apply for funding is Friday 29th April 2016. Please visit Smokefree Grants page here for more details.

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