EHC receives funding to offer more activities for young people

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded £80,000 a year for the next three years to expand our current riding programme and introduce additional sporting activities for young people.

The funding is for a project called Raising Our Games which will allow us to offer 14 year olds and over access to a range of alternative sporting activities not provided by schools or leisure centres

The money comes from Sport England, a funding and development body that focuses on increasing the number of people who play sport regularly in the country. We are one of over 40 projects to secure a share of National Lottery money to be used to reach out to people who don’t exercise or regularly take part in sport.

As part of the funding, we have been able to employ a new Sports Activator and Youth Worker, Davinia Robinson who recently joined the team. She explained “This funding provides us a fantastic opportunity to do more to engage young people 14 years and above in activity. Sport plays a vital role in developing positive physical and mental wellbeing, but many young people are missing out. We see daily how horse riding increases confidence and self-esteem and with this funding we will be able to reach out to more young people by offering a range of activities.”

Raising our Games was launched during the summer holidays when a mobile climbing wall appeared in Wyck Gardens. Situated in a prominent location next to the Loughborough Estate, young people could see the activity and were encouraged to come out and get involved. In total 137 young people climbed over 4,000 times which provided an opportunity for Ebony Horse Club to connect with families that they had not met before.

The funding will allow Ebony Horse Club to offer activities in addition to its core services, which already sees 400 children and young people a year have riding lessons.

As a charity, we need to raise on average £360,000 a year to meet our running costs – which is in addition to funding received for specific projects like this.

We rely on generous grants from charitable trusts, fundraising support and donations from individuals to ensure we can provide much-needed services and support for the local community. Find out how you can help by visiting the support us page.