The Imps in the Community awarded £118,113 by BBC Children in Need

Lincoln City FC Sport & Education Trust – known as Imps in the Community – have been successful in achieving funding from BBC Children in Need for the Get Onside Programme.

They have been awarded a grant of £118,113 over 3 years. This will help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Lincoln.

The Get Onside programme works towards helping each child realise their potential through:

  • enabling them to access sport and physical activity sessions,
  • helping them develop essential skills and give them an environment to practise and
  • enable children to be empowered by taking part in something positive.

The Get Onside programme has been designed to provide sport and physical activity sessions in localised areas and remove a number of barriers. It will take place across the wards of Birchwood, St Giles, Ermine, Park and Abbey with a variety of sessions available for boys and girls to take part in. The project will aim to meet the needs of local children and will listen to what they would like to maximise participation.

With the support of BBC Children in Need, Get Onside will be able to reach out to the children and young people of Lincoln by funding a project worker and support staff who will deliver the sessions. The funding will also help meet the costs of other elements of the sporting activities, meaning that all families – particularly those on low income – will be able to take part.

Paul Hamnett, the CEO of The Imps in the Community said; “We could not reach out to the young people in Lincoln without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.”

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.

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