Lace Up


Increasing Leisure Activities and Community Exercise in rural communities is the aim of LACE UP; a 1 year pilot project funded by Sport England and managed by ACRE. Projects in Cumbria and Wiltshire are able to apply for up to £10,000 to support local health and wellbeing of rural residents and increase physical activity locally.

The pilot project promotes cost effective physical activity and engagement in sport and healthy lifestyles in rural communities. Groups demonstrating how they will get inactive people to become more active, can apply for up to £10k in grant funding to help their activities to flourish.

Groups are able to access one to one support to develop an application for funding.

LACE UP is led by ACRE Network members, Community First Wiltshire and Swindon, and ACTion with Communities in Cumbria. Whilst any group is eligible to apply for funding, LACE UP focusses support on projects which engage people from lower socio economic groups, women, over 55’s and disabled people – those who are traditionally less likely to participate in sporting activity.

Through working with the ACRE Network, as trusted local intermediaries, the pilot project will look at how bespoke support can help a group to develop innovative and sustainable activities which meet genuine local need.