Council splashes the sports cash

Members of Caistor Running Club

Members of Caistor Running Club

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SPORTS clubs in West Lindsey have been given a share of a community sports grant to buy essential resources for their groups.

The grants were awarded after clubs and activity groups were invited to apply for a share of the cash from the West Lindsey District Council scheme.

Caistor Goes events committee has been awarded £1,000 towards the town’s 10km run on June 4, 2012.

The group’s chairman, district councillor Alan Caine, welcomed the news.

He said: “I am over the moon the group has been successful with the funding for this event, which is being organised in conjunction with Caistor Running Club.

“The funding will help to pay for signage, clocks and other equipment and will not only benefit the running club but other events in the area.”

Market Rasen Cricket Club has been awarded £350 to pay for coaching courses for young members.

West Lindsey District Council’s sport and community development officer, Chris Farrell, said the scheme attracted a large number of applications but only nine were successful.

He said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support a wide range of sports and local groups within the district.

“The grants enable clubs and groups to purchase essential resources that help them continue to develop within their local community environment.

“Sport is something I am very passionate about and these local clubs are essential in inspiring and capturing young people’s interest in leading a healthy lifestyle.”

Prosperous communities committee chairman Coun Malcolm Parish said the grants will help further enhance sporting involvement in local communities.

He said: “Local clubs are the focal point of community sport provision and West Lindsey District Council is amazed at the effort that local clubs and volunteers put into sport.

“We are delighted that we are able to provide so much money for community projects and sports development, during the current economic climate.”

Community Sports Grants were also awarded to:

l Nettleham Cricket Club – £1,500, equipment for the grounds.

l Keelby Bowls Club – £890, new benches for changing room.

l Laughton Field – £1,000, purchase of field for recreational use.

l Gainsborough Morton Striders – £1,500 for the town’s 10km run in 2012. The money will help support the set-up of the event and equipment for future years.

l Gainsborough Giant Basketball Club – £1,000 for equipment and a coaching course.

l Gainsborough Tennis Club – £1,392 to pay for new fencing around the club.