Cashback for Communities
Triathlon Scotland has recently been informed that we have been successful in the latest funding round of the CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund. The Cashback for Communities programme, which started in 2007 takes money from the proceeds of crime and invests it directly back into Scotland’s young people and the communities they live in. You can watch the short video below for an explanation of Cashback funding.
Cashback Funding Purpose
The purpose of the the facilities fund is to support not for profit based organisations working with young people within the sports and outdoor learning sectors. Triathlon Scotland was awarded £14,987,00 to put towards equipment in order to deliver high quality sport and physical activities around the four key areas of Aberdeen City, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian and Fife.
Barriers to sport
Triathlon is enjoying a lot of attention at the moment due to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics and the World Series, with demand to get involved in the sport significantly growing. There are, however a number of barriers that prevent many children and young people from fully participating in triathlon and gaining all the associated positive benefits. Triathlon Scotland saw this funding as an opportunity remove some of the barriers – primarily the barrier of expense – and have secured funding for 30 bikes plus helmets, bicycle racking, 30 wetsuits and adapted equipment for children and young people with additional support needs.
We will also be delivering Triathlon Youth Leader Award training to identified young people who are keen to take the first steps into leading triathlon activities within their schools, communities and volunteering at local clubs. We hope that this initiative will be a wonderful introduction for young people who may be facing disadvantage and that it will also help introduce triathlon coaches and clubs to young people who haven’t had the opportunity to be a part of our sport.
Partnership work and shared learning around how best to engage and support these young people in their development through triathlon is key. If anyone would like more information about the project, or would like to work with us in partnership, please contact Elise Methven at Triathlon Scotland via firstname.lastname@example.org.