Handouts boost for local sport

SPORTS clubs and individuals have benefited from crucial funding, thanks to Alnwick and District Sports Council.

The organisation has distributed more than £1,500 to various causes in the area throughout the year.

Among many benefactors, the money has enabled representatives from groups such as The Percy Hunt Pony Club, Alnwick Ladies Hockey Club, Rothbury Village Cricket Club and Alnwick Badminton Club to gain vital Level 1 and 2 qualifications in their chosen sport.

A host of other courses have also been funded by the council.

The organisation has continued to work in partnership with the North Northumberland Sports Development Team and Northumberland Sport to enable them to offer the correct advice to all of the clubs, and make them aware of any alternative funding sources available.

Many clubs have also benefited from the Northumberland Sport Young Coach Bursary Scheme, which has helped young people from the district access funding.

As well as supporting the local sports clubs and individuals, the council also runs an annual Sports Awards evening, celebrating the sporting success of the district.

Next year’s ceremony will be held later than usual – on March 16 2012 at Alnwick Playhouse – to try to avoid any bad weather and to link in with the Festival of Alnwick which will take place in June to welcome the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the town.

Further details of the awards evening will appear in the Gazette soon.

Clubs from within the Alnwick district can become affiliated to the sports council for an annual fee of £15, plus a joining fee of £20 for new clubs.

This then enables clubs to apply for funding, access sport-specific courses and any other advice which will improve their club.

Affiliations are still being taken for April 2011/April 2012.

Funding is still available so now is the time to get in touch.

If you are interested in receiving support from the sports council, whether financial or just general advice, contact the secretary, Leah Flynn, by emailing leah.flynn@northcountryleisure.org.uk or calling 01665 511494.