A HOCKEY club is celebrating its first grant – thanks to vital help it received from the Rotherham Advertiser.
Diamondbacks Inline Hockey Club will receive £10,000 from the National Lottery’s Awards For All after attending the Advertiser’s funding clinic in November as part of our Fighting Fit campaign.
The clinics were set up to give community sports club access to help and information from funding guru Richard Sutcliffe of Funding4Sport - and Diamondbacks is the first club to reap the benefits.
Our Fighting Fit campaign aims to reduce obesity rates, bring in funding for sports clubs and increase participation in exercise.
Gary Holden, vice chairman of Diamondbacks Inline Hockey Club, said: “We’re really pleased we never expected to be awarded it, everyone is buzzing.
“We’ve never been awarded anything before, we’ve tried different places but never been successful in our four-and-a-half years.
“Richard pointed us in the right direction and helped us to write the funding bid.
“We had not applied to that body before or even heard of it.”
The money will now be used to buy ten £500 kits for all ages and to pay for extra rink time at its Simply Skate Arena base in Eastwood for the 80-strong membership.
The new junior kits will also allow the club to try and attract new youngsters to the sport and give them the opportunity to loan the kit during taster sessions.
Richard said he was delighted to hear the news, adding: "This demonstrates that if you are a proactive club that can take an hour out of your evening to come along and get some helpful advice, something positive comes out of it."
Club members train every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information visit www.diamondbackihc.co.uk.
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