Cash boost available to help local sports clubs

SPORTS clubs in the area are being encouraged to apply for funding to boost their facilities.

Sport England is encouraging clubs across the north east to see how they can benefit from the Sportsmatch programme.

Already this year Northumberland Cricket Board Ltd has be awarded £4,000 to match the investment it’s received from Warmseal Windows (Newcastle) Ltd for its community cricket project.

The project aims help address the drop-off rate of youngsters aged 14 and over in Northumberland by providing equipment, facility hire and coaching fees to deliver ten coaching sessions at 20 coaching centres across the region.

Ian Wardle, director of cricket for Northumberland Cricket Board Limited, said: “We are delighted for the support from Warmseal and Sport England.

“The funding will help contribute towards helping the grassroots development of cricket in the area and supporting partnerships with local clubs.”

They received their funding in the first wave of sports projects to benefit from the Sportsmatch programme, which re-launched in April this year.

Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: “This funding is helping many more people get involved in grassroots sport and this project is a great example of that.

“However, there is still plenty of opportunity for other sports clubs in the north east to benefit and I urge them to take advantage of this fund and apply.

“In these tough economic times it’s important we do all we can to ensure public funding gets right down to sport’s grassroots.”

Grants of between £1,000 up to £100,000 are currently available through Sportsmatch.

For information on the fund and guidance on sponsorship, visit www.sportengland.org/funding/sportsmatch or call 08458 508508.