Having supported 26 local sports clubs in the first two rounds of the Mick George Sports Fund – in association with Living Sport, the third quarter has been equally as fruitful with a further 11 initiatives set for financial assistance.
£13,032 is to be distributed to a wide assortment of sports facilitators across the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Huntingdon areas, taking the total monetary support for the year beyond the £39,500 mark – supporting 37 individual clubs.
- Cambridge Cheer: Flexi roll mat, launch pad, crash mat
- Eye Juniors FC: Goals posts and storage
- Whittlesey Athletic (Junior) FC: Goals posts
- Fenstanton Football Club: Training equipment
- Bluntisham Rangers Football Club: Portable goal posts
- Ely Archers: New archery equipment
- Wilburton FC: Goal posts
- Hawks Netball Club: Netball equipment
- Sawtry Walk to Run: Equipment for strength training
- Friends of Histon & Impington Recreation: Outdoor table tennis table
- Forever Active Forum LTD: Equipment for strength and balance classes
Combined, over 170 separate expressions of interest were recorded, although 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.
The initiative works on a bi-monthly basis, with the final round of 2018 already open for registrations (until September 30th). £11,000 is still in the ‘pot’ and will be issued in the final round.
Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive of Living Sport said: ‘’We are really pleased with the interest that has grown in this fund which is confirmation of it’s need. But we are also very pleased to be able to support a broader range of sports and organisations in this round and we hope that this trend carries into future rounds with the continued support of Mick George Ltd.”
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. It is also great to see the wide scope of sporting activity that is taking place in the county.’’