Wealden sport clubs receive £18k grant money

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A number of sports clubs across Wealden, including one in Hailsham, will benefit from an injection of almost £18,000 from Wealden’s Community Grant schemes to help boost participation across the district.

Hailsham-based Jump trampoline club will receive £1,000 from the council’s Wealden’s Small Community Grants scheme while others will gain grants from its Capital Grants Scheme.

Cllr Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety, said: “Sport plays a key role in making life better for people in Wealden through healthy activities and meeting people.

“We have many sports clubs spread across local communities and often their resources are limited. Applications for both small grants and capital grants were heavily oversubscribed this year. It’s important we support our sports clubs to enable them to provide new equipment and improved facilities to allow more people to enjoy sporting activities and the health benefits they bring.”

Recent figures produced by Sport England show that nearly 40 per cent of Wealden residents aged 16 or over are actively involved in sport or recreation for at least 30 minutes a week. This makes Wealden’s adults among the most sporting in Sussex.

Wealden’s Capital Grants help contribute to the cost of building and other work to maintain and improve sports premises. In this year’s Capital Grant programme, Crowborough Rugby Club has received £2,000 to help with new drainage to open up pitches for women and girls teams to play throughout the year.