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Love Sport

Currently in its fourth year, Love Sport is a partnership with Sport England, which helps people to be more active and grow a passion for sport and fitness.

Love Sport badminton games.

What is it all about?

Love Sport activities are for anyone aged over 14 years and take place in some of Sanctuary Housing’s larger neighbourhoods in Banbury, Chester, Hackney, Rochford, Sheffield and Torbay.

The activities are designed and led by the people who live in each community through community group partners. Beyond the sport activities themselves, Love Sport initiatives give people opportunities to get involved in their community, get to know their neighbours, volunteer and develop leadership and mentoring skills. 


So far more than 2,470 people have taken part in Love Sport, many of whom were previously inactive. Activities include: indoor rowing, ballroom dancing, wheelchair dancing, tai chi, football and rounders. Please click on the links at the bottom of this page to read about some of our initiatives.


By working with trusted local partners, we are gaining a deeper understanding of the barriers people face when trying to take up a more active lifestyle, how to overcome them and how to maintain an active lifestyle.

Alongside our own evaluation we have worked closely with HACT a research agency for UK housing associations, to analyse the impact of Love Sport and identify best practice in community sport and fitness and the report of these findings can now be found on this HACT Love Sport PDF.

Our investment

We are investing £254,000 in Love Sport through our Community Investment Fund, which is match funded by Sport England.

About Sport England

Sport England lottery funded logo

Sport England are responsible for grassroots sports in England. They are focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. They will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities

Find out more

A young boy throws a ball during a Love Sport session.

You can keep up to date with our latest Love Sport news by following us on Twitter @hellosanctuary

If you have any questions about Love Sport, you can email us at community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

Don’t forget to share your experience! If you’re taking part in Love Sport, why not tweet us a pic with #LoveSport.


Love Sport News

Woman balances a football on her head

Women invited to kick-start fitness goals

23 January 2019

Women across the Bay are invited to kick-start their new year fitness goals following the extension of popular sports sessions.

Football sessions for over 35s will kick off in Paignton from 3 December.

Free football sessions kick off in the Bay

28 November 2018

Torbay residents are set to prove that age is no barrier to starting a new sport, as football sessions for over 35s kick off in Paignton.