Prime Sports NW CIC, the community interest company that offers a wide range of coaching and sporting opportunities to young people in the Bolton area, has received £10,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

The £10,000 in funding, which is the maximum grant awarded by the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, will give the company the resources needed to further extend its coaching programmes.

Mums and daughters, girls aged between 4 and 16 who attend Primary or High schools in the local area and children with disabilities who attend special educational needs schools throughout the Bolton district, will all have access to free sports and physical activity coaching.

The courses and activities delivered by Prime Sports NW CIC will help local children to develop their interest in sport, keep them active and engage in team-based games, whilst also teaching them important life skills such as teamwork and leadership along the way.

Peter Gore, Director of Prime Sports NW CIC, comments: “We know the benefit that sports and physical activity has for young people and the need for them to interact, engage and play. Being able to use our sessions to teach children teamwork, communication, and outdoor skills from a young age is very important for their future development.”

“The funding which we have received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust will mean that we are able to continue to provide free out of hours physical activity, while also helping to keep local school children fit and healthy.”

Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “In addition to the obvious health benefits that can be achieved through physical activity, the children who attend the sessions delivered by Prime Sports are also able to learn real life skills by mixing with their peers, working as a team and building lasting relationships.”

“We know that the coalfield communities are some of the most deprived in the country, so providing access to free services gives children the chance to take part in sports that others may take for granted. We are pleased that our funding allows these programmes to continue.”

As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.