Sports groups receive Boost funding

Sports groups receive Boost funding

Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club have received a grant for £500

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Four Northern Irish sports clubs have received additional funding from drinks company Boost as part of their Grant initiative.

As winners of the scheme, Beechmount Harriers, Craigavon Lakers Wheelchair Basketball Club, City of Derry Tennis Club and Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club have all received £500 to spend on whatever they require.

The Boost Sport Grant was launched in 2020 and has aided 11 grassroots sports clubs in Northern Ireland by providing financial assistance to help clubs towards long-term goals they hold.

In the case of athletics club Beechmount Harriers, who are based in west Belfast, the club only has one full-time coach but will spend the money in order to help their volunteer coaches become fully licensed and trained.

For the other three clubs, the money will be spent on additional equipment which is intended to try and increase participation numbers over the coming months.

The Lakers, for instance, have just completed a massive recruitment drive which they hope will bring in more members, and to accommodate them they will purchase more basketballs, resistance bands and tactic boards.

Lurgan Ladies, who have over 200 members, will purchase more hockey balls which are desperately needed, while City of Derry are intending on buying portable nets, rackets and tennis balls which will allow them to create pop up tennis courts around the city.

Adrian Hipkiss, Marketing & International Business Director at Boost explained: “At Boost we pride ourselves on working with and supporting communities at a grass-roots level so we’re thrilled to announce the winners of our Boost Sport Grant initiative.

“All the judges were so impressed by the applications, and it was very fulfilling to hear what each club hoped to achieve. This is the perfect opportunity for us to give back to local amateur clubs and teams who can use the money to help reach their goals and it is clear Northern Ireland has amateur sporting talent in abundance, which we are delighted for the opportunity to help nurture.

“On behalf of Boost we want to wish all the Boost Sport Grant recipients congratulations and good luck for the future.”

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