How Can We Save Grassroots Community Sports?


Feature image: JustPlay Basketball

This summer, as many of us turn our attention to the Olympics, here at Semble we’re thinking about the place that sports has in our communities. Whether it’s clubs we’ve worked with through the Carling Made Local Fund, or our recent collaboration with GB Snowsports to get young people from disadvantaged backgrounds developing snowsports skills through skateboarding sessions, we’ve seen how sports can break down barriers, provide much needed community connection, while improving physical and mental health. 

However, at the moment, many sports groups at the grassroots are struggling to bounce back from the impacts of the Covid pandemic, with Sported reporting that “The biggest challenge facing groups is immediate and continued funding needs with groups struggling to cover costs accrued throughout 2020.” and that 47% of sporting organisations reported that they need support improving knowledge of funding opportunities to support them to recover. Sported has also projected that 25% of sports clubs may not return after lockdown.

So what can we do? Well, first of all we need to make sure that more sports clubs can access grant funding in a way that is easy and inclusive. 

Image: Birmingham Wheelchair Basketball playing at Birmingham New Street Station

What can grassroots sports clubs do?

At Semble, we’ve launched our new funding platform ActionFunder and we are hearing from more and more funders who are keen to see sports themed projects. Sign up and create a project today for your grassroots community sports club to be in with a chance of winning funding .

ActionFunder makes funding applications easy and accessible, offering users the opportunity to pitch for funding in writing or by video. Some of the stats and reports we’ve shared above can even be used as part of your project pitch to help funders understand why your project matters for your community!

Sign up to ActionFunder today

What can businesses do to support grassroots community sports?

Businesses or other organisations who are interested in supporting community sports can get in touch with Semble today. Semble can support your organisation to set up community grant funds with different themes and locations using our new platform, ActionFunder. We also partner with businesses to create social change campaigns, such as Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature

There are already many outstanding sports projects live and looking for funding on ActionFunder

About the Author:

Keen to make the world a kinder place, Josie supports the campaigns and community teams at Semble to help bring people together. She has worked with migrants, taught sex education and is a lover of all things Latin America. Her interests include food, reading, and dreaming of being a beekeeper.