Legacy Grants Scheme Boosts Club Participation
Winchester City Council’s Sports Legacy Grants Scheme has provided funding to over 20 local sports clubs so far this year as the scheme continues to offer opportunities and benefits to residents across the district.
With the final round closing this week on the 31st January there is still time for clubs to prepare applications and apply for funding to help achieve their ambitions. The grants which offer up to £500 in award money have previously been used for equipment such as lawnmowers, tennis racquets and football jackets. Some applicants have also applied to provide their club coaches with training qualifications to increase the number of level 1 and 2 coaches in their ranks, whilst others have used funding to develop extra sports sessions in basketball, boxing and disability sport.
One club that has benefited from a Sports Legacy Grant is South Wonston Table Tennis Club. The club were recently awarded over £7,000 from Sport England and coupled this with a legacy award of £500 to purchase new tables, nets, balls and also offer a full range of coaching sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. The legacy funding has seen their club membership grow to involve over 100 new participants since September 2013.
David Binns, Chairman of South Wonston Table Tennis Club said ‘The Legacy Grant scheme has really helped our club offer new sessions and get new faces through the doors. The new equipment and extra days, such as our Friday evening drop in session have helped to increase our offer. We’d welcome any new faces so please come down and see what we have to offer!’Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for Sport said ‘The Legacy Grants Scheme was designed to offer our local voluntary and community groups the opportunity to raise sports participation across the district. The scheme has done this with clubs from Denmead, Littleton, Meonstoke, Winchetser City, Knowle and more receiving funding.