National Lottery funds LGBTI community sport

29th April 2020

National Lottery funds LGBTI community sport

LEAP Sports is delighted to receive a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Our LGBTI community sports project was funded through the National Lottery Investing in Communities fund from 2017-2020 and this new funding will allow us to continue the great work that was achieved under this project and work towards breaking down the barriers which prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people across the country from accessing, participating and excelling in Scottish sports. The full story including a list of all the project awards made in Scotland can be found here.  

The National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland Director, Neil Ritch: said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups . I would like to congratulate LEAP Sports Scotland on their award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

One part of the project Festival Fortnight, was recently externally evaluated by Collaborate. In an extract from the forthcoming report, Steve Brown, evaluator, writes, "There is a real feel good factor which is tangible when speaking to people. An infectious, positive ‘can-do’ approach has generated a very successful national event. The Festival is making a significant impact in improving the lives of LGBTI people across Scotland in their local communities. Sports providers are offering more inclusive activities which are attracting new LGBTI participants". 

Pic: LGBT Basketball, Festival Fortnight 2019 

Written on 29th April 2020.