From September 1, sports clubs across Bath and North East Somerset can apply for grants to support improvements in facilities and kit in return for implementing a smoke free sports club policy.
Clubs who want to achieve smoke free side lines will need to demonstrate their commitment by having a written smoke free policy, clear signage across the site at both training sessions and fixtures and to ensure coaches attend a smoke free training session provided by the local stop smoking service. Support will be provided free to clubs to achieve this including the provision of signage and training. In return they could get up to £500 towards equipment.
Cllr Vic Pritchard (Conservative, Chew Valley South) Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Most people start smoking in their teens and we know that young people who grow up in a smoke free environment are much more likely to be smoke free as an adult. Bath & North East Somerset Council wants to encourage sports clubs that have youth teams to actively enforce a smoke free environment and ensure that young people do not associate sport with smoking.
“We are doing really well in Bath and North East Somerset with smoking levels dropping to an average of just over 13% among adults. However we know that smoking levels are higher in some communities. This includes the south of Bath and the Radstock and Midsomer Norton areas. So we would encourage clubs in these areas to apply for this support in particular.
The grants programme is managed by Quartet Community Foundation on behalf of the Council and Sirona Care and Health CIC who are working together to promote Smoke Free B&NES. Clubs can apply for the grant from 1st September via www.quartetcf.org.uk
For further information about the grant please refer to the guidelines and application form on the Quartet website. For more information about creating a smoke free sports club please call Joanne Fuller at Sirona Care and Health on 07850290521.
Notes to editors:
This initiative contributes towards the aims of the Smoke Free B&NES: Tobacco Control Strategy (2013- 2018)
Sirona Care and Health CIC provide tobacco control and stop smoking support services in B&NES on behalf of B&NES Council. For free advice and support to go smoke free please contact the healthy lifestyle service on 01225 831852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quartet Community Foundation is an accredited charity that supports local philanthropists and organisations in their charitable giving. Quartet’s grant-making supports disadvantaged communities across the West of England (Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire), awarding over £40 million towards local projects since 1986.
Menna Davies MCIPR
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