Funding boost for community sports groups

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Springtown Amateur Boxing Club and Ardmore Cricket Club have both been awarded grants from Sported - the UK sport for development charity.

Ballymagroarty based club, Springtown A.B.C. have been awarded a grant of £1,970 to continue their work with local young people living in an area of high social deprivation.

Daran McCann, Secretary of Springtown A.B.C. was delighted to receive the grant: “We’re thrilled that Sported has taken the decision to support our project and see it as an acknowledgement of all that we do at Springtown,” he said.

“The grant will help us to inspire our young people to recognise that, while great things can be achieved individually, even greater things can be done if we work together.”

Ardmore Cricket Club will use their £1,750 to support their work around building stronger communities by promoting good relations between different community groups.

The project will involve the integration of young people from different communities which will help reduce issues like racism and sectarianism.

“The award of this grant from Sported will increase our ability to provide effective cricket coaching and practice facilities for young people from the Ardmore, Currynierin, Tullyally and Drumahoe areas of Derry,” said Ardmore Cricket Club Secretary, George Brolly.

“It will also help us to develop positive community relations by helping to break down the divides that currently exist in our area.”

The clubs received funding from Sported’s small grant programme, which enables Sported Members with a turnover of less than £50,000 to access funding to support sport for development projects working with young people aged 11-25.

Brenda Kelly the Sported, N. Ireland manager explained; “I’m delighted to have awarded these small grants to these groups in Derry.

“It is fantastic to be able to support local community sports groups who are using sport and physical activity to make positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people”.

If your group is working with 11-25 year olds and using sport to make a positive impact on their lives then you may be able to benefit from sported funding.

Organisations can apply for free membership at