Sharks Community Trust is excited to announce that it will be launching an exciting new heritage project to raise awareness of the proud history of the club with the community thanks to a generous grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund has provided a grant of over £37,000 to fund the 18-month project ‘Inspiring Generations’.


Inspiring Generations’ will engage communities across the North West in a celebration of Sale Sharks’ heritage. The project will use sporting heritage as a catalyst to promote inclusion by engaging children and young people in educational activities that support skills development.  The project will also enable older people within the community to reconnect with other generations through memory sharing activity.

Project strands include:

Heritage Awareness: 1,400 children aged 9 – 11 from 24 primary schools within areas of Greater Manchester will engage in a six hour education programme that promotes heritage understanding and awareness. Participants will learn about the history of rugby, how Sale players fought in World Wars and rugby’s role in championing equality and diversity for over a century.

Wellbeing: Recognising Covid-19’s impact on loneliness and social isolation within older people, ‘Inspiring Generations’ will deliver rugby union’s first reminiscence programme in the North West. A permanent ‘online’ session will take place weekly, with in-person activities delivered in-line with guidelines from sites including the club’s former Heywood Road base.

Personal Development: The project will support young adults on our Advantage Programme to improve their employability skills through completing an accredited employability qualification and participating in volunteering placements within ‘Inspiring Generations’ activity.

Inspiring Generations is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund


Vicky Irwin Community Manager quotes

We’re incredibly grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support with this exciting project. It is a fantastic opportunity to deliver an intergenerational project to engage many members of the local community.


We know how powerful sport is to help to combat many issues faced in the community such as loneliness, isolation, poor physical activities levels and poor mental health. This project will have a positive impact on the lives of the community and we’re excited to get this project underway.



For more information on the project email or to find out more about the work of the Sharks Community Trust, visit


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