Cash 4 Clubs Awards Its First Grants To Local Sports Clubs Nationwide
Dame Kelly Holmes joins judging panel to decide winners from more than 2,000 applications
CASH 4 CLUBS, a scheme that gives money to grassroots sport, has announced the 15 clubs that have been awarded grants in the first round of funding since the initiative was launched nationally.
The Cash 4 Clubs initiative is funded by Betfair, the UK’s largest online betting company, in partnership with SportsAid. Awards of up to £1,000 are made on a quarterly basis, with applications judged by an independent committee made up of Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, BBC Sport commentator Barry Davies MBE, Sportsaid CEO Tim Lawler and Alan Keen MP.
There were more than 2,000 applications in this round of applications, of which 15 clubs were given awards totalling £10,000.
One such club is Andover Athletic Club, a community-focused organisation that offers tailored opportunities for people of all abilities and ages, which was awarded £1,000. They are using the funding to establish a sprints and hurdles academy aimed at young people aged 11-18.
Speaking after the Cash 4 Clubs committee made its decision, Dame Kelly Holmes said: "I am pleased to be able to support Cash 4 Clubs in my capacity as a judge on the first four judging panels. It is a fantastic scheme aimed at supporting grassroots community sport clubs and the people who invest so much time and energy to ensure the future of sport in this country."
Betfair CSR Manager Georgina Corbett added: "I have been taken aback by the volume and high standard of entries for this round of funding and I know the panel found it very difficult to narrow down more than 2,000 applications into just 15 awards. I am delighted that the scheme has been so well received and would encourage all local clubs in need of funding to apply for the next round of grants, set to take place in December."
A full list of the 15 winners nationwide is available at http://www.cash-4-clubs.com/past-winners/
To get an application form for the next round of funding or to find out more about Cash 4 Clubs visit www.cash-4-clubs.com.
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About Cash 4 Clubs: (www.cash-4-clubs.com)
Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club. In 2008 over £30,000 was given out in grants to 30 community sports clubs across the UK. It's a flexible, no-fuss way to get some help for your club or team.
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme is funded by Betfair and is supported by SportsAid. Betfair and SportsAid have worked in partnership for a number of years and both organisations understand the importance of community sport in promoting an active lifestyle and stimulating local pride. It's a great time to be involved with sport and Cash 4 Clubs can hopefully play an important role in helping clubs to sustain and develop themselves.
About Betfair: (www.betfair.com)
Betfair is the world’s biggest online betting community and pioneered the first successful betting exchange in 2000. Driven by cutting-edge technology, Betfair enables customers to choose their own odds and bet even after the event has started. The company now processes over six million transactions a day from its two million registered customers around the world. In addition to sports betting, Betfair offers a portfolio of innovative products including casino, exchange games and poker.
Betfair has twice been named the UK’s ‘Company of the Year’ by the Confederation of British Industry and remains one of the only betting companies to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, being recognised for Innovation in 2003 and most recently for International Trade in 2008.
Betfair currently employs over 1,500 people, principally in London, Malta and Tasmania. The company is a licensed betting operator in the UK, and holds licenses in Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Malta.
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