TWENTY FOUR amateur sports clubs from across the UK have received £15,000 in funding as part of the latest donation drive by the Betfair and SportsAid backed charity scheme, Cash 4 Clubs.
The cash injection will see grassroots sport across the UK and Ireland - including football, rugby, cricket, squash, boxing, athletics and more - benefit from new equipment, enhanced facilities and the funding of much needed coaching courses and qualifications. Thousands of members stand to benefit as their clubs were selected from hundreds of applicants to receive their grants.
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has now donated £165,000 to 234 clubs since its inception in 2008.
The judging panel tasked with issuing the latest round of funding were Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid, Simon Taylor, General Secretary of the Professional Players Association and Susannah Gill, Public Affairs Manager at Betfair.
Following the panel meeting, Simon Taylor, General Secretary of the Professional Players Association said: “I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on this panel. It was great to read about the fantastic work clubs across the country are undertaking in their local communities. I believe sport has the power to transform lives and there is no better place to start than at a local level.”
Betfair’s Community Affairs Manager, Jo Sheehy, added: “The benefit these clubs bring to their members and their wider community is vital. At a time of falling participation levels and increased pressure on local authority sports funding, I’m delighted that Betfair has been able to support a further 24 groups through Cash 4 Clubs.”
Cash 4 Clubs awards can be used to improve facilities, purchase new equipment and invest in a sports club. Awards of up to £1,000 are made on a quarterly basis, with applications judged by an independent committee. Applications for the next round of funding are now open and can be made by visiting www.cash-4-clubs.com.
Clubs to receive grants in the latest round of funding were:
- King’s Lynn Field Archers
- Spalding and District Gymnastics Club
- Nottingham Kayak Club
- Melton Mowbray Swimming Club
- Cartmell Valley Baseball Club
- Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club
- Colne Cricket Club
- Hough End Griffins Junior Football Club
- Carlisle Canoe Club
10. Hughes Shorai
11. Ballymoor Football Club
12. Shetland Amateur Athletics Club
13. Dunfermline Colts Cricket Club
14. Petersfield Hockey Club
15. Baldock Crusaders Netball Club
16. Pullborough Rugby Football Club
17. Wessex Amateur Boxing Club
18. Westland Sports Cricket Club
19. Gryphon West Gym Club
20. Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club
21. Old Shillians Hockey Club
22. Sutton Coldfield Rifle & Pistol Club
23. Northallerton Junior Football Club
24. York Squash Club
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. £165,000 has been given out in grants to 234 community sports clubs across the UK since the scheme’s inception in 2008. It is a flexible, no-fuss way to get some help for your club or team.
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme is funded by Betfair and 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 seeks to play an important role in helping clubs to sustain and develop themselves.