In 2021, the Department for Education invested £10.1 million to help more schools open their facilities to the public as Coronavirus restrictions began to ease. The funding was aimed at helping schools to deliver extra-curricular activities and open their facilities outside of the school day during evenings, weekends and school holidays.

This investment came at an important time, given the impact coronavirus had had on the activity levels of children and young people and the significant decline in the number of schools able to offer after-school clubs for pupils or opening their facilities for community use.

In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

We were delighted that, as the local Active Partnership for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Energize secured funds from this DfE pot and has been able to support a large number of schools across the County.

infographic to show key stats on opening schools facilities fund

In addition to funding schools to open their facilities to the local community, the fund was created to address some of the inequalities caused by Covid-19 with the aim of supporting specific target groups. Read how the funding helped schools to support their pupils to be more active and improve their wellbeing: