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Council sports scheme recognised at awards night

Shaun Reynolds 17th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COMMUNITY sports scheme managed by Coventry City Council is celebrating after being named Community Project of the year at the 2015 Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Sports Awards.

‘#Ucan’ was the first major community project to be delivered as part of Coventry’s ten year sports strategy.

Ucan was set up to increase community participation in sporting activities and has proven to be a great success in its first year – showing a huge increase in numbers attending sporting and recreational activities.

Funded by Sport England’s community sport activation fund, Ucan was designed to help the transition and closure of Foleshill sports and leisure centre.

The centre has seen an increase in membership by 156 per cent,

Coun Abdul Khan, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sports and parks said that the award is fantastic recognition for the work the Ucan scheme has done.

He added: “The work that the Ucan scheme has done in generating more interest and participation in sporting and leisure activities within local communities in Coventry has been a great success.

“To have been able to generate such an increase in participation in activities, especially among those from within BME communities, is particularly pleasing.

“These awards really highlight the range of sports and physical activities and opportunities available locally.”

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community sport, said: “I am delighted that Sport England could work with Coventry City Council and their partners on making this programme a reality.”