ALTERNATIVE sports groups are encouraged to apply for lottery funding.

Active Essex wants clubs to apply for Sportivate grants, which aim to give young people the chance to discover a sport they will love.

Sportivate encourages people aged 11-25 who are not currently involved in a regular sport or activity to have a go at something new on a six-to-eight week free or subsidised course.

Active Essex chairman Gary Sullivan said: “Sportivate is a fantastic incentive for young people to get into sport and be more active. At Active Essex, we are committed to delivering a legacy from 2012 by providing more sporting opportunities for young people and we are very proud of the positive impact Sportivate has already had on our participants.”

There is £250,000 available for Essex projects from April 2014 to March 2015.

Applications must be made by January 15 for projects running from April to September.

To apply visit and send forms to