Support available to keep young people in sport

By Matthew Shannon May 25, 2023

Media Release 

Support available to keep young people in sport

Three Everybody generous fundraisers volunteered participating in the Cheshire Triathlon

Three Everybody generous fundraisers volunteered participating in the Cheshire Triathlon

With the cost of living crisis at the forefront of people’s mind, the Everybody Foundation are reaching out to help relieve the local community of the cost pressures to keep young people playing the sports they love, by giving out grants to support with the cost of equipment, subs and so much more.

Kerry Shea, Director of Health & Communities and Deputy CEO at Everybody Health and Leisure shared:

“We have been hearing reports that local sport clubs are seeing a drop-off in numbers of young people attending sessions recently. When times are tough, parents and carers may be forced to pull their children out of extra-curricular sport due to the costs these sessions can bring. This is where the Everybody Foundation comes in!”

 Sport England have published a report on the impact of the cost of living on activity levels. As stated by Sport England report “We expect the resulting increase in cost of living to negatively impact sport and physical activity more than during previous recessions due to the significance and scale of these challenges.”

Everybody Health and Leisure would like to give the opportunity to local clubs in the Cheshire East area to apply on behalf of young people they know who will benefit from a grant in order to keep playing the sport they enjoy.

Bev Sidewell is from Macclesfield Netball Club and received two grants, £100 to support cover the cost of subs and £150 to pay for an umpiring course. Bev shared:

“We thank Everybody for their support, the grants will be used to partially fund a player at the club. As we are a not-for-profit club, this allows a player to continue training and be involved in netball/sports. Also, it will be used to support one of our young volunteers to carry on with her netball officiating career.”

A huge congratulations to fundraisers who took part in the Cheshire Triathlon on the 21st May  raising over £1000 for the Everybody Foundation. Everybody Health and Leisure match every £1 raised, doubling the grand total raised from the Cheshire Triathlon.

Gen Caddick, Performance and Quality Assurance Manager at Everybody, took part in the Cheshire Triathlon commenting:

“I wanted to take on a challenge for the Everybody Foundation to help raise money for such a good cause and make a difference to the local community. I had lots of advice from our staff on transitions and training which extremely valuable. Thank you to everyone that contributed and supported me and I hope this helps many young aspiring athletes to progress and enjoy their sport.”

Kerry Shea, representing the Everybody Foundation, said “I would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who fundraised for the event and for this amazing cause, without the support of our wonderful fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to support these young people across Cheshire East to keep on doing the sport that they love. 

A special mention must go to UK Triathlon, who kindly donated free race places to our fundraisers to take part, we really do appreciate their support.”

Everybody are accepting applications for clubs for the foreseeable future to apply for grants including, subs, uniforms, travel costs and essential equipment. If you’d like to fundraise, apply for a grant or find out more information about the Everybody Foundation please visit You can email [email protected] for more help and information.


Notes to editors:

The Everybody Foundation is an independent registered charity (No. 1174873) which was established in 2017 by Everybody Health and Leisure.

The Everybody Foundation raises funds to enable it to give out grants and provide equipment to encourage local people to improve their Health and Wellbeing, the focus for 2023 is making sure that no young person misses out on the sport they love due to the cost of living crisis. We are working with clubs in the local area to pay subs, equipment and travel costs of young people who would otherwise miss out.

Everybody Health and Leisure is a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 6 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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