Hailsham-based trampoline club Jump will be one of a number of sports clubs across Wealden to benefit from an injection of almost £18,000 in an attempt to boost participation throughout the area.
Recent statistics produced by Sport England have shown Wealden adults to be among the most sporting in Sussex, with nearly 40 per cent of residents aged 16 or over engaging in at least 30 minutes of sport or recreation a week.
In a bid to keep up the impressive figures, Wealden’s Small Community Grants scheme has handed out the big cash sums to a number of local clubs and organisations.
Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety, said, “Sport plays a key role in making life better for people in Wealden through healthy activities and meeting people.
“We have many sports clubs spread across local communities and often their resources are limited. Applications for both small grants and capital grants were heavily oversubscribed this year.
“It’s important we support our sports clubs to enable them to provide new equipment and improved facilities to allow more people to enjoy sporting activities and the health benefits they bring.”
All Wealden Community Grants have to be match funded by other support, such as through cash raised by the organisations, so as to achieve the best value for the public’s money.
Jump, a club that caters for adults and children, received a £1,000 grant. Among the other beneficiaries this year are Crowborough and Rotherfield Jitsu Club, which was given £500, Maresfield Cricket Club (£750) and Crowborough Runners (£500). Uckfield Cricket Club will use its £1,000 grant for coaching and to organise a fun taster day in June for a range of sports including football, tennis and rugby.
Wealden’s Capital Grants help contribute to the cost of building and other work to maintain and improve sports premises. In this years’ Capital Grant programme, Crowborough Rugby club has received £2,000 to help with new drainage to open up pitches for women and girls teams to play throughout the year.
“Following the improvements to our clubhouse, we are looking to introduce more ladies and girls teams to the club,” said Graham Callard, Chairman of Crowborough Rugby Club.
“We need to maximise the use of our pitches, but this can only take place if we carry out the necessary pitch drainage. Thank-you very much Wealden District Council for helping us make this happen and opening up the sport to many more people.”
Groombridge Sports Ground Association has received £10,000 towards provision of shower facilities.
Jarvis Brook Sports Club’s £1,000 will go towards the provision of safety netting and Wadhurst Cricket Club’s £1,000 will help with a major refurbishment of the pavilion.
Both Capital Grants and Smaller Community Grants have to be match funded, but this can be entirely ‘in-kind’ through volunteer time.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.wealden.gov.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01323 443520.