Today, Sport England released their first ever volunteering strategy - Volunteering in an Active Nation - which aims to encourage people from all backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of volunteering.
Within this release is notification of two new funding streams, which will go live in January next year.
The Opportunity Fund will invest £3 million in projects that create volunteering opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic people, women and disabled people, reaching into communities where there is higher unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health.
The Potentials Fund will support volunteering opportunities for young people, where Sport England will work with the #iwill campaign, investing up to £3m in projects which benefit 10 to 20-year-olds and their communities.
In responding to the strategy release, Emily Reynolds, Head of Sport at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
"We are pleased to see Sport England take volunteering in sport so seriously, with this dedicated strategy which we hope will help transform the perceptions of volunteering, provide further evidence of the benefit to the individual volunteer and encourage many more young people to get out there to contribute to an active society.
At the Youth Sport Trust, our extensive work with young leaders and volunteers demonstrates the power of youth leadership and social action both in their own personal development, but also of other young people through social and emotional wellbeing gains.
“We look forward to working with Sport England to connect our Leadership Ladder to the new volunteering opportunities/pathways.”
Both of these funds will launch in January, with the application windows opening in February.