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The Rural Sport & Recreation Toolkit has been produced to inform and guide those engaged in designing, developing and implementing community activities. The toolkit offers a range of innovation options, including case studies of "real life" projects that are helping to increase access to sport and physical activity in many isolated areas. The site also directs you to a range of helpful contacts and resources that could support you in shaping your approach. There are also opportunities for you to submit case studies that will enhance the diversity and appeal of this resource. The toolkit was commissioned by the East Of England Rural Sport & Recreation Network

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BRIDGE OF REEDS
Proposed landmark for the East of England which will also provide access to a large area of countryside for rural recreation.

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FENLAND ‘COMMUNITY SPORTS COACH PROJECT’
Low level of access to high quality and quantity of sports coaching. Council’s Sports Development team deployed two full time sports coaches across Fenland, in areas of greatest need.

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GIRLS AND WOMEN INTO SPORT – COLCHESTER UNITED SPORTS TRUST
lack of female competitive sports and participation by girls in rural and deprived areas in and around Colchester was identified by Community Sports Trust. Number of initiatives setup to develop coaching opportunities in variety of sports.

» more information on girls and women into sport – colchester united sports trust

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MAYFIELD, EAST SUSSEX.
limited opportunities for young people to engage in physical and other leisure activities were leading to social problems. A consultation exercise led to the creation of a youth club, skateboard park and multi-duty sports court.

» more information on mayfield, east sussex.

COMPTON, SURREY
Compton is a village which had very little leisure provision for older children and teenagers. After consultation between the Parish Council and the youngsters themselves, a basketball court was created.

» more information on compton, surrey

whats new

UP TO £450,000 OF COMMUNITY SPACES CASH UP FOR GRABS UNTIL JANUARY 2009

Community Spaces is a £50m grants programme that provides funding to community groups across England to improve or create green open spaces. The programme is funded through the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces initiative and is managed by Groundwork UK. Grants of between £50,000 - £450,000 are only open for one round of application; deadlines have been set for January 2009 and are now fast approaching. Click on the link above for further details

EQUALITY MATTERS GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE FROM BLF

This is a practical guide designed to help you think about and describe your everyday practice on equality. It is particularly aimed at small to medium sized voluntary or community organisations, whether or not they are applying to the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for a grant. This guide aims to help you to identify what you already do well in your approach to equality issues, and help you to identify how you could do even better. Click the above link for further details.

PROMOTING SPORT MADE EASIER

An encyclopaedia of simple-to-use information on how to promote sport and active recreation to the public has been unveiled by Sport England. As well as a free library of community sport images, the Promoting Sport Toolkit contains information on everything from how to promote sport to different age groups to how to run events and examples of how other sports clubs and organisations have fulfilled their potential. Aimed at County Sports Partnerships (CSPs), Community Sports Networks (CSNs) and sports clubs, the Promoting Sport Toolkit also contains a calendar of sporting events, a discussion forum and useful links for those seeking more information. Click the link above for futher details.

SIGN UP FOR RURAL e-NEWS

It is now possible to receive news and information direct into your inbox from the Commission for Rural Communities. Click on the link above to go direct to the CRC's website and then click on the "Subscribe to email" link on the right of the page.