Ladsandads receive funding for a new mower

Recently the Newcastle Under Lyme Branch of Long term HeawardSports Ltd. clients, important Staffordshire youth football charity Staffordshire Ladsandads, received some good news from the Football Foundation small grants programme. A grant of £3,756 has been approved, half of the total £7,512 cost of a new mower.

This small but significant award provides the Newcastle branch of Ladsandads, based at Pool Dam Playing Fields, vital funding for a new mower. Purchase of the new mower will help the branch continue with their successful campaign to enhance the quality of the facilities on-site by upgrading the quality of grass cutting regime possible whilst also saving valuable volunteer time. The mower was identified as a key improvement by Staffordshire FA in a recent pitch improvement report completed for the site. 

Over 430 children regularly play football at Pool Dam during the football season so the impact of this grant will be huge!

New Mower for LadsandadsThe new mower is the third project that HeawardSports Ltd. has helped the Newcastle Branch secure grant aid to deliver. Previous grants have provided much-needed perimeter fencing to the site and a new toilet block. This project is a great example of the excellent working relationship that exists between ourselves, the local FA and grounds maintenance equipment specialists Campey Turf Care who were able to offer a fantastic price on the new equipment. 

If you are interested in how we can potentially help you deliver a similar project such as funding for a new mower check out the information here or get n touch via the button below. 

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New Funders for GV Fitness Centre

This week has been really busy down in Herefordshire Golden Valley for our client C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC. On Saturday as the GV Fitness Centre celebrated it’s Grand Opening three significant new funders came on board to support this exciting venture.

New funders: 

  • The Social Investment Business (SIB) committed £30,000 to the gym through their ‘First Steps’ programme which is run in partnership with ASDA,
  • Sport England (SE) offered a £9,750 grants towards key projects like the teen fit program, volunteer training, activity for older people and setting up new ladies running groups. 
  • Co-op confirmed that C.A.R.E. had been selected as one of their local good causes for 2019-2020, so over the next 12 months, local Co-op members can choose C.A.R.E. to receive 1% of the value of select purchases which Co-op passes on to good causes. 

Grand opening:

On top of all the exciting funding news, on Saturday the centre formally opened with over 60+ local people gathering to enjoy a day of fun and tours the centre. The event attracted a lot of support with the police and fire brigade attending.

Delivering Real Benefits to the Community

The gym is off to a fantastic start with membership growing rapidly and lots of positive social outcomes already being delivered. An example of this is the piloting of a seated circuits programme. As the video below shows in just a few weeks, this has grown in popularity with local older people, many of whom live with conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. What’s most exciting is that several of those who have attended each week are already reporting positive benefits to their mobility and confidence. 

Now that Sport England investment has been confirmed the gym will be able to carry this exciting work on as well as provide nationally recognised training for its fantastic team of volunteers.  On top of this in November an exciting pilot will start for a new Teen Cafe/Teen Fit programme two nights a week. For the first time, this will provide a safe place for local teenagers to meet and socialise and also offer them access to specially designed and fun boxing based exercise sessions. 

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