Good sports seek help on funding

Jewish sports and well-being groups are being encouraged to apply for some of the £1 million in unused cash from a Bury Council drive to get women exercising.

The "I Will If You Will" campaign was targeted to spend £2.38 million of Lottery and Sport England cash by September and the low disbursement has attracted criticism.

One £1,000 grant has gone to Manchester Jewish Community Care, which provides assistance for the elderly. Manchester Maccabi has rented a room for a pilates class through the campaign but treasurer Bernie Yaffe reported a general difficulty in getting funding released.

"We are currently working with Bury with a view to stepping up activities. We also had a meeting with Sport England to talk about opportunities to unlock funds."

Fitness trainer Caroline Pakter - who runs a women's Zumba class at Maccabi and a "Frumba" version for Orthodox women - urged communal groups to apply. "Within our community there are limited places where people can go to exercise close by, especially Orthodox women who need to have the right environment."

    Last updated: 11:44am, August 18 2014