As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and Barnsley Chronicle on 31st May, Stephanie met with Sport England in Parliament recently to discuss opening up specialised funding for sports and recreation in coalfield areas like Barnsley.
The discussions surrounded the national organisation’s ‘Community Asset Fund’, which will seek to deliver £2m for sports and recreation projects in former mining communities.
The funding is part of Sport England’s aim to increase the health and physical activity in coalfield areas, and local MP Peacock is hoping plenty of that money finds its way to groups in Barnsley.
She received a briefing from the organisation on how to increase the number of successful applications from Barnsley, and is now offering to help support local miners’ welfare clubs apply.
Said Stephanie: “Barnsley, like so many other coalfield communities across the country, has too often in the past been left behind and ignored when it comes to funding from the Government for local sports and recreation projects.
“The money delivered by Sport England could make a huge difference to organisations and miners’ welfare clubs in Barnsley, and the many people who use their facilities to keep active and healthy.
“I’ll be reaching out to local groups and encouraging applications so as much of this money as possible can reach Barnsley, and I encourage any organisation thinking of applying to contact me for any help required.”