GBA Activate Fund


Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire.

The application window for this fund is currently closed.

Please see below for a summary of the projects we have funded so far.

Projects that have been awarded funding

Expanding Me2 Club - being delivered by Me2 Club - expanding services into new area's (Whitley and Church), supporting children and young people with disabilities and additional needs to access activities.

Falkland Walking Cricket, Football and Netball for the over 55's - being delivered by Falklands Cricket Club.

The Wild Work Out - being delivered by Nature Nuture CIC - using nature and animal themed exercises to encourage participation in a circuits-type workout for children and their families.

Sport in Mind - utilising their proven model of delivery (multisport/activity sessions) for those suffering from mental health conditions, expanding into a new area (Whitley).

After School Activities for Children with additional needs - being delivered by Wokingham Borough Sports Council - Multisport activities targeting SEN children.

Skaters Gonna Skate, Skate, Skate - being delivered by Britwell Youth and Community Project (BYCP) - structured skateboarding sessions to be offered as a school holiday activity for the young people attending BYCP.

Mums in Mind Wellbeing Project - being delivered by Bracknell Homestart - Fitness and wellbeing sessions for postnatal and isolated women with children up to the age of 2.

Time for Tea - being delivered by 4 Motion Dance Theatre Co - intergenerational project in Windsor, bringing children and young people and older adults together to enjoy dance.

Handball - being delivered by MNR coaching - taster sessions within schools in Theale Green and Calcot, with a view to connect participants with a community based club.

Youth Centre Project - being delivered by MNR coaching, a multisport, doorstep-style club in Thatcham.

Back to Basketball - being delivered by Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation - a female only project.

Play Unified Basketball - being delivered by Rockets Sport and Educational Foundation - linked to the school games, partnering 7 special schools with a mainstream school to deliver sessions, culminating in a competition at Reading University.

Back to Netball & Walking Netball - being delivered by Maidenhead Utd FC Charitable Trust - at a new community centre in Dedworth.

Boyn Grove Day Centre sessions - being delivered by Maidenhead Utd FC Charitable Trust - walking football and seated exercise for the day centre users.

This Girl Can SUP - being delivered by Wokingham Waterside Centre - female only SUP sessions with a strong social element.

Reducing Social Isolation - being delivered by Wokingham Sports Council - community based seated exercise for older adults, offering this opportunity to both those within a sheltered housing scheme and those in the community.

Personal Development Day - being delivered by Aspire2 - a one-off development day for Year 8 girls from Reading school. The day aims to encourage them to remain active and raise awareness of the benefits. Staff from the school take part and take learning back to their school.

Life's Little 'Virtual' Bug's - being delivered by Life's Little Bugs - a series of online workshops covering 'Fitness Bug', 'Hum Bug' and 'Go Wild' targeting primary and infant schools across Berkshire.

Reading Mens Group Gardening Project - being delivered by ACRE - volunteer led gardening sessions for a Reading Mens group, seeking to tackle isolation and loneliness.

Case Studies


Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Strategic Lead for Living Life Well

Cathy is the Strategic Lead for Living Well at Get Berkshire Active. She takes a strategic lead on our work supporting adults to lead independent and fulfilled lives, develops new and existing partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as leading on various projects, including Mums' Zone and Active Medicine in Practice and more. Having undertaken a Degree in Business and Sport at University, she was keen to work in sports development and has taken om many roles across a wide variety of organisations, including Reading University, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and London Sport. She also joined the National Body of Swimming for 2 years and spent time in Singapore teaching. Having seen the huge benefits being active has brought to her family's life, especially mental wellbeing, she is passionate about helping others to reap the benefits. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking and running, as well as spending time outdoors with her children.

07912 178652
Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Strategic Lead for Ageing Well

Kirsty is the Strategic Lead for Ageing Well at Get Berkshire Active. She leads on the development of GBA's Ageing Well theme, aiming to create the conditions for a healthy and independent later life. She is also lead liaison for Berkshire West Local Authorities. With over 15 years' experience within the sports sector, she holds a BA (Hons) in Sport, Health and Exercise, as well as an MSc in Sports Injury. Her previous roles were in local authority and the NHS, before joining GBA at its inception is 2011. Her sense of purpose has come from personally discovering the benefits of physical activity and she enjoys helping others to access them. In her spare time, she takes part in netball, fitness classes and loves being outdoors.

07394 564540

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