26 clubs funded to boost sport and wellbeing – City of York Council


The council’s Sports and Active Leisure grant scheme has shared a total of £12,737 between 26 sports and activity clubs.

The funding aims to improve accessibility, provide more sporting options and further improve safety and welfare standards.

To support the well-being of club members, all successful applicants must complete mental health awareness training. They also receive a small reward for supporting the implementation of this nationally recognized program.

Councilor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, York City Council, said:

A total of 30 clubs applied and, such was the quality of their applications, we were delighted to be able to support 26 clubs with a share of a total of £12,737.

“Support ranged from opening up new opportunities such as setting up a girls’ cricket team, making fees more affordable, improving and maintaining sports equipment and providing a health and safety kit.

“We now look forward to the next round of funding for Small Grants and Hub Club Funds which will open on April 4. Find out the application criteria on our Sports Funding page”.

The small grants are intended to help clubs improve their community engagement and offer health and wellness advice.

This year’s grants included support for Bishopthorpe White Rose FC who successfully applied for a defibrillator, lifebuoys for their new ground’s pond and safety signage.

York Canoe Club applied for funds to purchase new equipment, York Burton Lane Club successfully applied for support to keep fees affordable for members who enjoy darts, billiards and boccia.

Open Country runs a tandem club in York which takes people with visual impairments on bike rides. They applied for funding to keep their bike fleet ready for the start of the new spring season.

Other clubs that received small grants were:

  • Holgate-based Netball Drifters
  • Rufford Tennis Club
  • Wigginton Bowls Club
  • Wigginton Tennis Club
  • Burnholme Badminton Club
  • Heslington Cricket Club
  • Heslington F.C.
  • Melbourne CIC
  • New Earswick Sports Club
  • Rowntree Park Tennis Club
  • City of York Hockey, York Minxsters
  • Netball York IR
  • York RI Rugby Union Football Club
  • Wigginton Squash Club
  • Wigginton and Haxby Table Tennis Club
  • Knights of the City of York
  • York Croquet Club
  • York Gaelic Football Club
  • Town of Haxby JFC
  • Yornetball League

David Carruthers, Head of Sponsorship and Grants, Clifton Alliance Cricket Club, said:

We are very happy to receive a grant from the council. The money is being used to create a new dedicated women’s cricket team, which will start in April 2022.

“Bringing this into the Yorkshire league is an important development. It allows us to offer the many girls who love cricket a team they can play in, and we are working in conjunction with other local cricket clubs to achieve this. .

Applications for the Small Grants and Hub Club Funds for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 will open on April 4, 2022.


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