Sports Fund announcement

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Having supported 12 local sports clubs in the inaugural round of the Mick George Sports Fund - in association with Living Sport, the second quarter has been equally as fruitful with a further 10 initiatives set for financial assistance.

£10,240 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 £26,500 mark – supporting 26 individual clubs.

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 its need. But we are also very pleased to be able to support a broader range of sports and organisations – in this round from dragon boating and canoeing to football refereeing - and we hope that this trend carries into future rounds with the continued support of Mick George.”

Funding summary:
- Little Shelford Bowls Club: Changing room rewiring and equipment
- Eaton Socon Cricket Club: New wicket covers
- Bluntisham Cricket Club: 2 x Bowling machines, balls and power pack
- St. Neots Dragon Boat Team: Paddle ergo
- Huntingdon Canoe Club: Changing room improvements
- Thorney Colts U11 FC: Goalposts and footballs
- Ely Netball Club: Netball posts and training equipment
- Hemingford Colts FC: Goalposts and storage
- Warboys Town FC: Ride on mower
- Peterborough & District Referees Association: Portable floodlights

Combined, over 130 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 third round already open for registrations until 31 July. £45,000 is still in the ‘pot’ and will be issued over the next nine months.

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Robert Ashwell, of Eaton Socon Cricket Club, said: “The new covers will help the club to provide more games, which will subsequently help us for years to come.”

John Sherwell, of Little Shelford Bowls Club, said: “We’re a small club with an ageing infrastructure. This grant is most valuable, as it will enable us to bring the electrics in our remaining buildings up to modern standards.”

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.

“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.”

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