Opening Schools Facility Fund


Background of the fund

In July 2019 the DfE, DCMS and DHSC published the School Sport and Activity Action Plan (the Action Plan). This Action Plan was a joint commitment to ongoing collaboration at national level to ensure that sport and physical activity are an integral part of both the school day and after-school activities. Opening School Facilities phase 2 programme supports this commitment and Leap are responsible for the delivery of this programme across Bucks and Milton Keynes.

In March 2021 Sport England announced that £10.1 million of Department for Education funding (DfE) will be invested into the Active Partnership network to:

  • To help develop extracurricular opportunities and community links for children and young people.
  • Support schools to open and re-open their facilities to the local community.

Leap provided support and investment to schools to help deliver after school provision to help young people reconnect, recover and return to play. We also looked to support schools to help open or reopen their facilities to the local community, as local evidence suggests that schools are community hubs where people feel safe.


Priorities of this fund

Applications that we received were prioritised based on the below criteria:

  • Located in or catchment school for one of Leaps 30 priority areas. Priority will be given to schools located in our top 10 priority wards.
  • Schools with high percentage of free school meals
  • Schools looking at engaging the pupils who are least active and or SEND pupils.

We funded Primary, Secondary & Special Schools as well as community organisations working with these schools. Below, is a list of what we funded:

  • External Lettings: in making their facilities covid safe to allow external letting to restart e.g.: extra cleaning supplies, hand sanitiser stations, swimming pool cleaning services.
  • After school provision: secondary schools utilised the funding to run additional after school activities for priority groups e.g.: Stony Dean¬†funding for additional boxing equipment for after school clubs to restart. (could restore equipment).
  • Holiday provision: Utilised the funding to run holiday provision over the school holidays with some of our community partners who we have good relationships with.


Final Report

To read the Final Opening School Facilites Report please Click here


Case Studies

The Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust received funding and delivered 2 weeks of Summer sports camps for girls in school years 3 to 8. The camps took place at Highcrest Academy, the camps helped girls take part in different sports / physical activities. They learnt about the physical and mental benefits of sports participation, this in turn will hopefully help increase the participation levels moving forward.
Click here to read the full report from WWSET

Pupils enjoying Yoga at the Girls Summer Sports Camp run by Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust


The Buckinghamshire Schools Swimming Partnership (BSSP) received funding for The Missed Opportunity Swimming Programme. The aim of this programme was to tackle inequalities, this was delivered through 3 weeks intensive lessons to primary aged pupils, who were the least active, on free school meals or had additional needs. The programme took place at 3 different locations within Bucks.
click here to read the full report from BSSP


This is a handwritten thank you note from one of the children on the missed opportunity swimming programme




The Missed Opportunity Swimming Programme






Fund Contact

For more information about the fund or to run through an idea that you may have feel free to contact Rhiannon Smith, CYP Project Manager on

Applications are now closed for this funding