Services for young people across the country have been boosted by the fundraising efforts of a major sports charity.

StreetGames’ regional teams have secured over £2.5 million in just 12 months to support sport and physical activity across 50 of the communities where it is most needed.

The charity’s Regional Sustainability Leads, funded by Sport England, work alongside local community organisations to raise vital funds for sport and physical activity. The money, raised from a wide variety of local, regional and national organisations will support local delivery that increases physical activity levels and gives young people a chance to grow their confidence and life skills, to have fun, and to live healthier, safer and more successful lives.

Currently, less than a quarter of young people in the lowest economic brackets meet national guidelines for daily activity, with the cost and availability of sports and activity provision being major barriers.

StreetGames’ network of 1,400 Locally Trusted Organisations fulfil a fundamental need in communities across the country and are delivering programmes to improve young lives through sport where that opportunity would not otherwise exist, giving access to positive role models, volunteering opportunities and fun activities.

Mark Lawrie, Deputy CEO of StreetGames, said:

“I’m proud of StreetGames record of supporting sports and physical activity in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK, working hand in hand with local communities to bring real change, offering free opportunities, delivered by those that young people trust at the right time, in the right place, and in the right style to suit the needs of young participants.

We’ve raised £2.5 million in just 12 months to support community sport, and we’ve done so in a way that delivers incredible value for money, raising £10 for every £1 invested. Every pound donated to StreetGames has a big return, in the communities that need help the most.

These grassroots organisations are the life blood of their communities and we’re committed to helping them continue the work they do to change young people’s lives for the better”.

One organisation which has received support is FitCap in Birmingham, a community group which works to encourage a healthy lifestyle and get children and young people off the streets and into positive activity.

Alison O’Connell MBE, CEO of FitCap, said:

“Our relationship with StreetGames goes right back to 2007 and it’s been hugely important for us. If it wasn’t for StreetGames working alongside us to support the sustainability of our organisation I honestly believe FitCap would not still be here. We are hugely grateful for all the help they’ve given us”.