Take a closer look at our Together Fund projects

Meet the organisations we’ve supported in delivering their projects as part of Sport England’s Together Fund

The Together Fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) that was set up in April 2020 as part of Sport England’s support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Since its launch, TIF has enabled community groups to continue to exist and engage with their communities, supporting people to be engaged and active.

EMD UK was awarded funding from TIF and now the Together Fund and are working with an array of partners to support their projects, running up to September 2023, which link to the Fund’s objectives to enable further recovery and growth.

Does your project support the Together Fund objectives?  If so, we are still accepting funding applications, ideally by the end of February, but no later than 31 March, for projects that will complete by September 2023.

For more information and to apply follow the link to our Together Fund page here.

This project supports young people and their families to take part in a variety of dance and movement classes and within a deprived area of St Austell, Cornwall.

4FS Youth Dance

activeNewham will be delivering four weekly group exercise sessions in community settings in the most deprived wards in the borough. Targeting primarily Muslim females, people with mental and physical wellness issues, as well as people with a disability, They will provide free dance, Yoga, Pilates and movement activities.

activeNewham

The project is funding additional group exercise classes for people with long term health conditions. In order to reach more women, AMIHS need to recruit and train more volunteers. As a result, the funding will both help the charity to survive and facilitate future growth, enabling them to reach more women.

A Mile In Her Shoes

ASKI’s On Pointe Dance Project, provides dance classes for low-income older people (65+) from diverse ethic communities who are isolated and have long-term health difficulties. Carers of the individuals will also be able to participate.

ASKI

Be The Change Youth Project will deliver an exercise dance project for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds in the hope they build social skills, confidence and become more active and feel supported in their mental wellbeing.

Be The Change Youth Project

CVA deliver dance fitness classes to people from culturally diverse background in Croydon, especially older women with limiting health conditions to get more active, reduce stress, loneliness and isolation and so improve their physical and mental health.

Croydon Voluntary Action

DAZL will be delivering 4 weekly group exercise sessions for participants with a physical or learning disability.

Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL)

This project provided dance fitness programmes for NHS staff, carers and patients in selected London hospitals. It helped improve the morale and mental health of NHS staff and their patients. Everyone Can Groove helped redress inequalities in NHS staff from diverse ethnic backgrounds and those living with long term health conditions who were more impacted by COVID-19. ‘Champions’ at the hospitals encouraged all levels of hospital staff to attend the weekly sessions.

Everyone Can Groove

This project will provide fitness & exercise offer to young people (girls and boys aged 10-16 yrs) in the local diverse ethnic community in the Fishwick & St Matthews ward. This will include delivering Yoga, Zumba & Aerobics sessions to groups of young people who have a very low level of exercise and are embarrassed about their body shape and habits.

Fishwick Rangers Youth and Community Development Scheme

Fit4Tap are using their funding to train three instructors in Kids4Tap. These instructors will then go on to deliver four funded classes in Leatherhead, Leicester and Norfolk for adults and children from lower socio economic groups.

Fit4Tap

Girls Up and Active CIC offer weekly classes in Burnley, Blackburn and Durham for women and girls from lower socio-economic groups as well as celebratory events at the end to support retention.

Girls Up and Active CIC

Gloves not Gunz
The project will deliver circuit training and boxercise classes, to people from a diverse lower socio economic community. They will deliver a non-contact programme that emphasises on the ‘Train & Talk’ model which promotes community fitness classes to improve people’s mental & physical health as well as promoting positive relationship building and community cohesion.

Gloves not Gunz

The project is designed to bring opportunity of physical activity sessions to residents of an extra care housing scheme who have been deprived of such opportunities during the Covid pandemic. The scheme will introduce residents to gentle chair based keep fit classes, run by a trained specialist in teaching fitness to older adults.

KFA East Midlands

Livewire Warrington will deliver weekly box fitness classes for children and young people from lower socio economic backgrounds / areas of greatest need in central Warrington.

Livewire Warrington

This funding will help the young people Manchester Youth Zone have reach with to (re)discover a passion for physical activity through dance after the pandemic. This will include a 12-week dance programme, including a variety of dance genres to widen appeal. The target audience is young people from lower socio economic groups, some with disabilities.

Manchester Youth Zone

The funding will go towards the delivery costs of 20 weeks of boxercise & HIIT group classes for individuals (aged 13-21) from lower socio-economic groups in South Acton, Ealing borough. The sessions will run by instructors/mentors who come from a similar background as the young people who will be referred onto the project. The group sessions will include, energetic afrobeat’s music to create a fun atmosphere and bring young people together to learn new skills and make new friends in a positive environment.

MEM Academy CIC

MisGav are delivering group keep fit sessions for learning disabled women from marginalised communities in Hackney – mostly coming from Orthodox Jewish communities, low-income households living in the most deprived wards of the borough. In addition to learning disabilities, users are clinically vulnerable, overweight /at risk of obesity and have other comorbidities like heart issues or diabetes. Users require 1:1 or 1:2 specialist support during sessions and accessible transport to address barriers they face in accessing sport.

MisGav

Move It or Lose It will train eight new instructors to deliver a minimum of 3 classes per week reaching people with a long term health condition who may otherwise not access exercise classes. Funding will allow class fees to be subsidised while class numbers grow.

Move It or Lose It

Newark Youth London will deliver weekly group yoga and exercise sessions to individuals aged 50+ from diverse ethnic communities and lower socio-economic groups and, those suffering from long term illness and disability for 30 weeks.

Newark Youth London

One Community Link will create and hold weekly dance classes for 250 Black, Asian and Global majority women aged 18+ from poor economic backgrounds living in deprived areas in Stockton and Middlesbrough.

One Community Link

Parkside Aldershot will be delivering twice weekly Zumba sessions to support those attending the day centre who have learning disabilities.

Parkside Aldershot

The QFIT Gym CIC will provide twice weekly group exercise classes for people with long term health conditions. One is a Boxercise style class which helps motor and cognitive ability and the second a chair-based class for those less mobile.

The QFIT Gym CIC

Funding will ensure the longer-term survival of RARE Species, allowing a breathing space to develop new programmes. RARE Species supports people with long term health conditions, Four sessions per week over 25 weeks include seated classes for members of the MS society or those with limited mobility; sessions for charity groups Frome Open Storytellers and Discovery for adults with learning difficulties; sessions for wheelchair users in Warminster, and for women suffering symptoms of the menopause and peri menopause.

RARE Species

Say Two CIC have delivered dramatherapy dance, movement and vibrational therapy in Lancashire for over 28 years. The team leads weekly sessions to inspire, engage and educate people suffering from social exclusion, mental and physical disabilities, low self esteem or poverty. The project aims to improve people’s understanding of the importance of developing good habits using exercise, drama/dance therapy and associated creative programs to increase confidence self-awareness and assertive effective communications.

Say Too CIC

SOSA will be training 5 YMCA instructors in fall prevention and then supporting these instructors with class set up and delivery in several locations. These classes hope to target people with long term health conditions.

SOSA

SOSA CIC

Synergy Dance Outreach are working to produce and launch 3, 10 minute sessions online in seated yoga fitness programmes with subtitles to support disabled people access physical exercise where local provision is not available.

Synergy Dance Outreach

This project will facilitate yoga and dance fitness classes as well as community walks for girls from the local area. Alongside these activities they’ll be providing fitness trackers for the girls to encourage them to participate and with a way to monitor their own fitness levels and motivate them to get active and out and about. This project will improve the mental and physical wellbeing of young girls in the community.
The activities will give participants access to youth work professionals, social and personal development, and physical wellbeing

Society Links Tower Hamlets

Treasure Sports Club CIC will deliver weekly group exercise for children and young people from diverse ethnic communities on low incomes.
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Treasure Sports Club CIC

This mum-centred project targets mums with long term health conditions, those from a culturally diverse background or from lower socioeconomic groups. The calming and relaxing activities include yoga, Pilates, mindfulness and meditation to give the body and mind time to recover. The programme includes healing and an opportunity to talk within a safe and secure environment. The activities help build physical and mental strength and will support a mum with any form of depression. A counsellor and a nutritionist are also available to support mums with lifestyle concerns.

The Unlikely Mummy

Urban Yogis will be running a free weekly circuit classes for their local community. The sessions will aim to attract people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, to build the participants physical and mental health through fitness circuits and then restorative yoga stretching at the end of sessions. They hope the sessions will build community cohesion and get more people active.

Urban Yogis

Ward End Asian Elders Welfare Association will deliver weekly yoga classes to a group of women from diverse ethnic backgrounds to improve social, mental and physical wellbeing.

Ward End Asian Elders Welfare Association

The Yoga For Life Project offers support for those living with long Covid in East London and around England. It offers a free, online group exercise and wellbeing programme, specifically targeting those suffering ill health, financial hardship and inability to work connected with this long-term condition. The programme includes 156 hours each year of yoga, movement and breathing techniques guided by specialist yoga teachers. They run 3 weekly sessions serving 150 beneficiaries, with each session culminating in peer support therapy guided by a psychotherapist.

The Yoga For Life Project CIC

The Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust offer weekly dance sessions in five areas of Bradford, aiming to attract and support people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Yorkshire Dance Centre Trust

Let’s Get Started…

Group exercise is an exciting and diverse mix of styles and activities that caters to ‘someone like me’ and everyone should have the opportunity to take part. EMD UK is committed to driving positive change within the industry and we believe that through cooperation and collaboration with industry bodies, understanding and removing the barriers that prevent people from taking part and by supporting instructors to deliver excellence, we can achieve a healthier nation through exercise. See how you can get involved below…