Grassroots sports clubs to benefit from council cash

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Ten sports clubs across the Canterbury district are set to benefit from a cash injection from the city council.

Each one successfully bid for a share of the authority’s Active Sports.

It allows them to spend public money on new equipment or new activities for those taking part in grassroots sports.

Michelle Moubarak, the council’s commercial and cultural development manager, said: “We had lots of interest in these sports grants, and such was the quality of the applications, we ended up awarding more than the £10,000 we originally had available.

“What was particularly good to see was the range of sports covered in the bids, and that people of all ages will be able to benefit from the grants.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the various projects coming to fruition.”

The clubs to receive cash are:

Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club – £1,500 to buy new equipment to help new members start off in the sport

Prince of Wales youth club, Canterbury – £1,500 for equipment and coaching sessions for staff to run regular sports coaching at youth sessions

Active Life – £1,500 for a Friday night light project providing football sessions for young people in Herne Bay Memorial Park

East Kent schools – £425 for a ‘big splash’ one day event for 14 and 15-year-olds to work on swimming pool life-saving and first aid skills

Canterbury Bike Project – £1,500 for a volunteers project to build 15 bikes to hire out to the community to encourage greater participation in cycling

Far Academy, Whitstable – £1,500 to buy equipment to enable more people to take part in their Saturday skate club

Saxon Shore walking netball – £609 for new equipment for walking netball for the over 50s in Herne Bay and Whitstable

Stepping Stones Pre-school – £1,188 to produce sports bags containing a variety of items of equipment to encourage families to be more active

City of Canterbury Rhythmic Gymnastics Club – £1,300 for new mats and to offer free taster sessions for local children

Barham Football Club – £1,500 for new football posts to allow matches to be played in their own area

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