Legacy grants scheme boosts club participation

Press Release: 27/01/2014

South Wonston Table Tennis Club Celebrates its Grant

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 31 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 was 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 delivered by Head Coach Paddy Shepherd and Coach Martyn Davey. The legacy funding has seen the 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, Winchester City, Knowle and more receiving funding. We still have our final round which closes on 31 January so I would urge clubs to apply now for funding.

The Legacy Grant Scheme closes on 31 January. To apply visit www.winchester.gov.uk/community/grants or call Chris Peach on 01962 848532 or Melissa Fletcher on 01962 848492. To contact South Wonston Table Tennis club please e-mail David Binns at binnsd106@aol.com