Community Grant Projects 2018
Thanks to the brilliant support of Art Fund, we were able to offer organisations and community groups the opportunity to access funding as part of National Sporting Heritage Day 2018.
This programme of activity supported increased engagement with local sporting heritage collections which tell the story and stories of sporting activity, heroes, and endeavour.
Organisations across the UK took part in events, projects and activities which helped raise the awareness of the importance of these collections and their relevance to local communities and individuals. You can see their activity and progress by using the hashtag #NSHD2018 on social media.
The successful projects were:
Abraham Moss Warriors, Manchester
The rich sporting heritage of the Warriors was to be explored and celebrated through an open day event and display about the history of the club and its many achievements to inspire other members of the community to get involved, share their heritage, and increase the knowledge of the history of the club.
Aura Leisure Services, Deeside
The museum and archive service aimed to develop a Sports Handling Box which can be used both for dementia sessions and with school groups. The box contains replica and original objects highlighting the sporting heritage of Flintshire. To kick off the project there was display at Deeside Leisure Centre.
Forest Bowman, Derbyshire
The Bowmen’s project supported an event celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day aimed at supporting and increasing health and wellbeing within the local community. Based within a diverse area, the event shared the history of the local archery group, and encouraged participation for new and different audiences.
Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull
This projects main aim was to provide a series of events around the National Sporting Heritage Day, held at the ground to promote heritage in the area and provide a range of opportunities for community involvement. The project provided events and activities for a wide variety of people: reminiscence sessions for people to share stories and memories of the club and classes for people to learn and understand rugby league heritage in the local area.
Indycube, HMS Prescoed Prison, South Wales
Felony Football is working with current inmates to explore the history and heritage of the prison’s football team, and how sporting heritage can support rehabilitation. It will produce an ebook which can be shared widely and help to develop a blue-print to help inform similar projects.
National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Stoke Mandeville
The NPHT worked with local schools, delivering two community events which helped raise the profile of paralympic heritage and increase access to collections, and hosted a networking event for local disability groups and organisations to come together to input into the direction of NPHT activity.
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Nottingham
With a focus on NCCC and the first World War, this project aimed to have many outcomes including, an exhibition that was initially staged at Trent Bridge (in autumn 2018), but will then continue to be offered to other community venues and organisations, including local libraries and cricket clubs; a ‘community day’ was held on Tuesday 2 October at Trent Bridge, open to the general public with particular invitations sent to local veterans’ groups. The day included a series of short talks about various WW1 storylines, and activities for adults and children/young people; a commemorative brochure; stories on the NCCC website and in the magazine for NCCC members; and guided tours and school visits at Trent Bridge
Oasis Cardiff, Cardiff
This project will work with refugees and asylum seekers to understand and share the wealth of sporting heritage which is present within South Wales. The heritage will be documented through collecting videos of refugees and asylum seekers talking about sport in their countries, and comparing how this may differ from sport in the UK.
These videos will be collated and shared through social media as a comparison between the impact of sport in the UK and elsewhere worldwide, as well as how this supports social wellbeing and allows participants to share and learn about different cultures from around the world. Following the Sanctuary Games, the legacy events were launched on National Sporting Heritage Day.
One to One Development Trust, Wakefield
This project uses archival material and audio-visual sporting heritage to celebrate local sports from across the Wakefield area. It culminated in an event which brought together local professional and amateur sports representatives to share their heritage, and explored additional opportunities to further celebrate and share this heritage in future.
Rhondda Heritage Trust, Wales
This project aims to establish an annual Tug of War competition to increase the awareness of the historic links between sports teams and coal mines in the South Wales Valleys. The project has a particularly focus on working with 16 – 25 year olds from the local community and includes a display of the heritage of Tug of War and its relationships to the area which can be toured to different areas.
University of Stirling, Stirling
The project organised a pop-up exhibition and event at Leith Victoria Athletic Club, the oldest boxing club in Scotland, on National Sporting Heritage Day. It celebrated the contribution of the club’s members to boxing at the Commonwealth Games. The project hosted an event bringing together the local community to discuss the club and visitors were encouraged to bring photographs, objects and archive which were digitised on site and added to the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive. Oral history interviews were also carried out by the University’s Hosts & Champions team.
A big thanks to everyone who applied to the grant programme in 2018 – we were overwhelmed with the interest and amazing activity taking shape across communities and could have funded four times as many programmes! We are so grateful to Art Fund for their support in this programme.