York City Council funds clubs to boost sport and wellbeing in the city

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A York City Council GRANT scheme has shared more than £12,000 between clubs in the city to help boost sport and wellbeing.

The council’s Sport and Active Leisure grant scheme has shared a total of £12,737 between 26 sports and activity clubs, to make them more accessible, provide more sporting options and further improve standards of safety and well-being.

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, recreation and communities at 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.”

The small grants are intended to help clubs improve their community involvement 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 the pond at their new ground and safety signage.

David Carruthers, Head of Sponsorship and Grants at Clifton Alliance Cricket Club, said: “We are very pleased to receive a grant from York City Council. The money is being used to establish a new dedicated women’s cricket team, which will start in Apr. 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. .

York Canoe Club has applied for funds to purchase new equipment, York Burton Lane Club has successfully applied for support to keep fees affordable for members who enjoy darts, pool and boccia and Open Country, which runs a tandem club in York which welcomes people with visual impairments during bike rides. They applied for funding to keep their bike fleet ready for the start of the new spring season.

Some of the other clubs that received small grants included Holgate-based Drifters Netball, Rufforth Tennis Club, Wigginton Petanque Club, Wigginton Tennis Club, Burnholme Badminton Club, Heslington Cricket Club, Heslington FC, Melbourne CIC and New Earswick Sport Club.

Applications for the Small Grants and Hub Club Funds will open on April 4.

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