Late in 2017, Mick George Ltd delivered the news that it would be combing with Living Sport to deliver a dedicated ‘sports fund’ that would provide local sports clubs throughout Peterborough and Cambridge with the opportunity to seek financial assistance.
True to their word, the first application round has now finished and all eligible submissions have been awarded monies to support various projects. In total, 12 clubs have been donated funds valuing £16,350.
From training equipment, transportation, clubhouse maintenance and pitch treatments, a wide-range of assets will be improved or added, courtesy of the generous contribution.
- Littleport Leisure: Equipment storage - Longstanton FC: Portable goal-posts - Oakington Vikings Youth FC: Portable floodlights – Peterborough Football & Sports Development Foundation: Quad Bike – Sawston & Babraham Cricket Club: Training Equipment – St Ives Town Cricket: Protective Equipment – Upwood Cricket Club: Clubhouse window replacement – Cottenham United Colts FC: Portable goal-posts – Warboys Cricket Club: Lawnmower – Sutton Rangers Football Club: Goal-posts – Isle of Ely Rowing Club: Sculling Oars – Warboys White Hart Bowls Club: Pitch accessibility and irrigation improvements
The opening round of the fund received more than eighty separate expressions of interest but not all materialised to completed applications. Those behind the ‘Sports Fund’ are urging all interested parties to complete the process in its entirety and become one of the fortunate beneficiaries aforementioned.
The initiative works on a bi-monthly basis, with the 2nd round already open for registrations (until April 30th). £45,000 is still in the ‘pot’ and funding will be issued over the next 9-months. For more information see here – http://www.livingsport.co.uk/funding/mick-george-sports-fund/
Gym Manager at Littleport Sport & Leisure Centre “The money received from the Mick George Sports Fund will enable many of our user groups to broaden the scope of what they can deliver to existing and new participants.”
Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive of Living Sport said: ‘’I am delighted with the level of interest in the Mick George Sports Fund and that we have been able, following the first panel meeting, to support 12 great local projects with some essential small-scale facility improvements and equipment purchases which will enable them to develop their clubs. We look forward to receiving many more applications, for it is these groups that are critical to the successful delivery of community sport and physical activity opportunities in their local areas.”
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Considering the relative infancy of this funding opportunity, to receive such an abundance of interest is a testament to the community work that has gone beforehand by both parties driving the initiative.’’
Stump continued: ‘’The purpose of this scheme is to provide those who do not conform with our Mick George Community Fund, the chance to apply through alternative means. The fantastic work being completed by volunteer led groups throughout the county should be applauded, and this is our way of doing exactly that.’’