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£270k grants keep community organisations and clubs active

Published 30 June 2020

Being able to take part in team sports, community activities, exercise classes and visit the gym again is something so many people are looking forward to when the Covid-19 restrictions allow.

And fortunately, much-valued clubs and organisations across the High Peak are still in business thanks to being awarded grants totalling almost £270k to support them during this challenging period.

High Peak Borough Council has been offering guidance and advice to clubs and community organisations providing physical activities on the range of grants and funding available.

As a result, around 40 clubs across the Borough have received funding from schemes including Government grants for businesses which the Council is administering, the Sport England Community Emergency Fund, and grants from the Football Foundation.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Leisure, said: "Looking after our physical and mental wellbeing is important at all times but it has been brought into even sharper focus as a result of the lockdown and necessary restrictions to control Covid-19.

"Many of us have adapted our routines to take account of the changed circumstances by exercising at home or in our local areas and will be eagerly awaiting the re-opening of gyms, exercise classes and being able to return to sports clubs and groups when it is safe to do so.

"Thankfully, we've been able to assist clubs and groups across the High Peak to access the vital funding to help them through this difficult period so that they will still be there to welcome people back when the time is right.

"I'm delighted that, with support from the Council, so many community organisations and clubs providing physical activities have benefitted from the funding available which has proved to be a lifeline for them. With so many people developing good habits during lockdown, my hope is that people can take advantage of what our local clubs have to offer so as many people in High Peak can keep moving and lead active, healthy lives."

A wide range of clubs and sports have received grants including basketball, boxing and bowling clubs, cricket, hockey and football clubs, athletics and jogging, tennis and gymnastics and sailing clubs.

­Notes to Editors

The following community organisations and clubs have received grants:

Bounce Cheer and Education; Burbage Bowling Club; Buxton Amateur Boxing Club; Buxton Junior Football Club; Buxton Football Club; Buxton Tennis Club; Chapel Town Junior Football Club; Chapel Town Football Club; Commercial Inn FC; Dinting Cricket Club; DOSport UK, Boccia, Glossop; Furness Vale FC; Glossop Ladies Hockey Club; Glossop NE Athletics Club; Glossop NE Juniors Football Club; Glossop Triathlon; Hayfield Juniors FC; High Peak Gymnastics Club; High Peak Junior Netball Club; High Peak Netball Club; Loud and Proud Cheerleading; New Mills Bowls, Cricket and Tennis; New Mills Juniors Football Club; New Mills FC; Peak Active Sports Ltd; Pye Grove Tennis Club; Start2Jog Hadfield; SK Vipers; Trampolining and Rebound Therapy; Tideswell United FC; Tintwistle Athletic FC; Toddbrook Sailing Club; The Hayloft; UK Glossop Basketball; UK Sports Football Club; Wellfit Health and Wellbeing; Whaley Bridge AFC; and Whaley Bridge Cricket Club.