Active Northumberland, which runs sports clubs and activities across the county, has been given a Lottery grant to take events out to rural communities.
The injection of £94,480 will go towards the Rural Sports Activator project, designed to create more opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
The programme will target priority areas within north Northumberland which suffer deprivation and issues associated with rurality, including Berwick, Wooler, Rothbury, Belford, Seahouses and Alnwick, where more people exercising can bring very real health benefits.
Local residents over the age of 13 years will be introduced to a variety of sporting activities at venues across their communities.
Additional costs of implementing the project have been met by North Country Leisure, Northumberland County Council and the Schools Funding Agency, to a total of £141,863.
The scheme will create a full-time post for a community coach, supported by casual coaches plus one apprentice position.
Community sports manager Vic Brady said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to improvehealth and wellbeing by getting more people more active in the community, and we at Active Northumberland are very much looking forward to delivering this exciting new project.”
For details of the project contact Vic on 01661 511493.