Grant success for groups in latest round of countywide scheme

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Grants totalling £47,390 will help 64 Derbyshire sports clubs and community groups – including Matlock Cricket Club – promote healthy and active lifestyles, in the second round of the county council’s £180,000 Sports Action Grant scheme.

Groups all made successful applications to the fund, launched last October, from which bids are invited for grants of up to £1,000 for groups to provide activities that:

n Encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activities

n Promote healthy and active lifestyles

n Encourage volunteering within sport and improve sporting performance

The second round of grants – ranging from £100 to £1,000 – have been awarded to groups from all over the county for projects including building refurbishment, improvements to pitches and training areas, new equipment, coaching courses and website development.

Matlock Cricket Club’s £1,000 grant will help the club’s plans to aim towards being a centre of excellence for the development of young cricketers and the funding will assist in replacing an old sightscreen.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for public health, Cllr Carol Hart, said: “We’ve been delighted with the interest shown in our Sports Action Grants since they were launched in October and I’m very pleased to approve grants totalling almost £50,000 to support 64 more local groups and clubs in the second round. It’s fantastic to see the range of additional activities which will be available to encourage healthy and active lifestyles to even more local people thanks to this funding.”

More than 80 Sports Action Grants totalling £67,530 were approved in the first funding round in January. Applications are now invited for the third and final round, which closes on September 10.

The fund, backed by Derbyshire Olympic badminton star Donna Kellogg, is being distributed over 18 months through three timetabled rounds.

Applications are considered by a panel organised by Derbyshire Sport, a partnership working together through sport and active recreation to improve the quality of life for local people. Recommendations are passed to the county council which will make the final decision. To apply visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/sportsactiongrant