We are currently closed for applications.

Like all organisations and our parent charity Access Sport, the AIPFF is firmly focused on responding to the Coronavirus at this difficult time. To that end we are currently considering how best we can support the communities that need us the most. While we do this we are not considering any unsolicited applications. Please do not apply until such a point as this message changes. For further information about the Coronavirus please click here.

The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund exists to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play sport.

Who can apply?

The fund is available to local community groups and sports clubs based in deprived communities (see definition below), that deliver sports with a focus on including young people (up to the age of 25) who otherwise be excluded from sport such as:

  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Women and girls
  • Disabled children and young people
  • Young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

Where is the fund available?

Currently the fund is focussing on making grants within four main urban areas of strategic focus. These are:

  • Manchester
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Bristol

Applications are welcome from organisations in or serving the most deprived communities within these locations – by which we mean boroughs or wards within the top 20% Indices of Multiple Deprivation.


What can you apply for?

Applications can be made for grants of up to £5k towards some or all of the following types of projects:

  1. The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities
  2. The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications
  3. The purchase of specialist disability equipment
  4. The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise


What applications are likely to succeed?

We receive a number of applications so in order to be successful your application need to demonstrate:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Competitive cost per new participant from within the designated target groups
  • Evidence of match-funding for facility-based applications
  • Commitment to long-term sustainability

What applications will we not fund?

We are unable to support applications for:

  • School facilities that do not have community access Playgrounds
  • Indoor activities e.g. gyms
  • Non team-based sports
  • Individuals

To download the application form please click here

You can send in your application either by email or post to the below addresses:

[email protected]

The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund
Access Sport CIO
3 Durham Yard
Teesdale Street
E2 6QF

For more information on applying to the fund please contact [email protected]

or call the Access Sport office on 0207 993 9883