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Community Grant Scheme 2021

Each year we run a Community Grant fund to help organisations celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day. We can fund a variety of activity from exhibitions, reminiscence sessions, events and online content on or around the 30th September.

Group of visitors sitting around the Watford FC dressing room as part of a Stadium Tour

Watford FC Stadium Tour

This National Sporting Heritage Day Community Grant Fund 2021 is now closed but details about next year’s application process will be available soon and you can follow our social channels to be the first to find out about it.

We had a fantastic range of applicants this year covering a wide variety of sports and innovative project ideas. We are delighted to announce this year’s Community Grant recipients:

Looking Back

Looking Back will bring together, in person, people who have taken part in online Rugby League reminiscence sessions during lockdown. The event will allow them to meet for the first time and see real rugby league memorabilia.

Tower Museum, Northern Ireland

The Tower Museum in Northern Ireland will build upon their previous Sporting Heritage funded project to create a new touring exhibition exploring the sporting heritage of their local communities.

Arlington Baths Club, Glasgow

Arlington Baths Club was founded in 1870 and this year they will use their grant to make a film celebrating the life of the first Baths Master, William Wilson and the untold story of his wife, Ruth, who gave lessons to female swimmers.

Community Active Stockport CIC

Community Active Stockport will collect stories of the women and girls involved in sport in Marple in Stockport. They will collect oral history, photos, videos and archive materials to create an exhibition and online content.

Commonsense Initiative

This year Commonsense Initiative will use National Sporting Heritage Day to bring together generations of Rugby League’s  ‘Lost Lionesses’ to share their stories of women in Rugby League, record them for the future and celebrate their history in a new short film.

Plymouth Argyle FC Heritage Archive

The Argyle Archive will celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day this year by with a new online archive of photographs, objects and memories of Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Durham Amateur Football Trust

Durham has a rich amateur football history and this National Sporting Heritage Day they will work in partnership with a local school to create a new exhibition that will showcase the sporting heritage of their most famous local amateur team. Bishop Auckland.

Expo’r Wal Goch C.B.C, Wales

Expo’r Wal Goch will use their community grant to release oral histories and a digital exhibition exploring the experiences of Welsh female football fans from the Euros in 2016 to the present day.

Friends of Hailey Park, Wales

Friends of Hailey Park will use their grant fund to engage local people with the untold sporting heritage of Hailey Park in Cardiff and its links to tennis, through digital storytelling available in the park itself.

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

This year, a community grant will support Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to train local women to edit Wikipedia entries celebrating Scottish women in sport. The project aims to run sessions to train ten new volunteers throughout September.

Bailey Hill Project, Wales

Bailey Hill is a Victorian Park in Mold, Wales and the original home of the town’s bowling club. This year they will use their grant to create an exhibition and schools resource celebrating the bowling club’s history and bring its story to a new audience.

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club will use their community grant to uncover the hidden history of women’s cricket in Nottinghamshire. They will capture the oral histories and memorabilia of women who played cricket between 1960 and 1980 to save this history for future generations.

Reading STAR, Reading FC Supporters Trust

Reading STAR will use a grant to fund a fantastic range of activities for National Sporting Heritage Day in partnership with their local museum. This will include an opportunity for fans to share their own Reading FC memorabilia and memories and an inter-generational players panel of ex and current Reading players where they will share their experiences and members of their time at the club.

More details of each project will be released soon, along with details of all of our other NSHD activities. This year we have more activities planned for National Sporting Heritage Day than ever before. Make sure you keep up to date by following #NSHD2021 on social media.

If you are planning an activity for National Sporting Heritage Day please get in touch and let us know about it! You can register an event by filling in the Event Registration Form below or by contacting Belinda Scarlett on



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