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Active Thames Fund

The Active Thames Fund supports growth in watersports and use of the Thames Path National Trail. It enhances access, diversity and inclusion and raises awareness of the benefits of blue space and physical activity.

With over 15,000 football pitches worth of blue space, the tidal Thames is a fantastic place to get active. There is also an extensive network of inland waterways, which provide even more space for people to enjoy, and perfect locations to gain the skills and confidence needed to take on the tidal river. This is why the fund is also open to inland waterways connected to the Thames in London, Kent and Essex.

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Impact Report 2022

This report outlines the progress made between 2021 and 2022, with an emphasis on the grants awarded to community clubs who then went on to deliver hundreds of watersports sessions in 2022.

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Active Thames Impact Report 2022

Major boost for Active Thames 2024

Tideway, the company behind London’s super sewer, has given Active Thames a major boost in 2024.

The PLA’s partnership programme, Active Thames, encourages more people to get active on or by the tidal Thames and inland waterways. Tideway’s new funding marks the year when the new infrastructure starts to clean up the river, and is in addition to the £150,000 of Active Thames grants awarded to 23 projects across London, Kent and Essex in January this year.

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Thames Vision Action Plan
Poplar HARCA (Photo by Sylvie Belbouab)

Active Thames funding fuels 23 projects to encourage use of ‘blue space’

Active Thames has awarded £150,000 in grants to 23 projects across London, Kent and Essex.

Like our better-known green spaces, the 95 miles of “blue” space offered by the tidal Thames can be a place for sport and relaxation, benefitting people’s physical and mental wellbeing. 

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Active Thames awards funding to 26 organisations

Active Thames, led by the Port of London Authority, has awarded £150,000 in grants to 26 successful applicants.

The increase in funding from over £90,000 last year to nearly £150,000 this year demonstrates the continuing commitment Active Thames partners have made to promoting activity on the tidal Thames and inland waterways in London, Kent, and Essex.

The Active Thames partnership encourages sport and physical activity on blue space. (Photo: London Sport Trust)
Royal Dolphins rowing club

Active Thames Fund 2021-2022 winners announced

More than £90,000 has been awarded to 24 organisations promoting activity on the tidal Thames and inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex, as part of a new programme led by the Port of London Authority.

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Active Thames grant recipients

The Active Thames website is run and administered by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and has been designed to provide support to members of the public who are interested in watersports and physical activity. Whilst we make reasonable efforts to ensure that information provided on our website is accurate and up to date, we make no representations or guarantees, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy of the content. Therefore, users should ensure that they make their own enquiries of the information provided including coaches, their qualifications (and whether the same are up to date) and contact details as listed on the Active Thames website. The information and links provided by Active Thames are for convenience only. Listing of coaches and links provided on our website may lead to external sites and any information or statements on these sites are not sponsored or endorsed by the PLA. The PLA cannot be held liable for the availability (or lack thereof) of individuals listed on or content located within any external websites.
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