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'I Will if You Will' invites communities to shake things up

The I Will if You Will movement, aimed at getting Bury women and girls moving, is offering local groups the chance to bid for funding to run their own activities or events. A total of £50,000 is available and groups can be awarded up to £750 towards their proposal for things such as facility hire, equipment costs, coaching or publicity.

All proposals from groups must support the concept of I Will if You Will by getting local ladies together and trying something new, doing something for themselves for a change and having a laugh while they do it. Suggestions from groups will also be assessed on their potential to increase the number of women and girls aged 14+ taking part in sport or physical activity. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • are run by local volunteers who wish to improve the sporting activities they offer;
  • encourage involvement of local residents in improving, identifying and implementing sporting activities;
  • promote voluntary participation as well as community involvement and self-help;
  • do not duplicate an existing provision or service unless this can be explained and justified.

So come on community groups of Bury, it's much easier when we do things together! Get your thinking caps on and see if you can come up with some ideas for how you might support 'I Will if You Will'.

Something that will inspire our local ladies to change their routine, get them enjoying a bit more 'me-time' and being a bit more active.

All projects approved for funding must be completed by 30 September 2014.

To discuss a proposal or find out more phone Liz Saunders at Bury Council on 0161 253 6357 or email e.saunders@bury.gov.uk

I Will if You Will is a movement to get the women and girls of Bury moving. With National Lottery funding from Sport England and being launched by Bury Council, it's about women getting together and trying something new, doing something for themselves for a change and having a laugh while they do it. Learning from Bury will be used by Sport England to potentially roll out the campaign elsewhere.

For more information about the I Will if You Will movement visit www.iwillifyouwill.co.uk

'I Will if You Will' launches portable pool

On Wednesday 5 February Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, joined the Minister for Sport Helen Grant along with representatives from Sport England and Bury Council to officially unveil a new facility introduced as part of the 'I Will if You will' movement.

The pair officially opened a new portable pool at Broad Oak Sports college which is aimed at helping Bury women and girls get moving, taking that first step to trying something new and enjoying being a bit more active. This great new facility creates a really warm and welcoming environment, where all participants can feel comfortable and confident taking part in swim classes, family splash time, mum and baby sessions or fun aquatic sessions. Plus there's lots of sessions just for ladies and girls.

'I Will If You Will' is funded by Sport England with National Lottery funds and being launched by Bury Council. Best practice from Bury will be used to inform strategy to help increase the number of women participating in sport across the country. For more information about the I Will if You

Will movement visit or phone. To find out about www.iwillifyouwill.co.uk or phone 0161 253 7575. To find out about sessions in the mobile pool go to www.iwillifyouwill.co.uk/mobile-pool or phone 0161 764 2224.

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