Four sports clubs in Northern Ireland received additional funding from drink company Boost as part of their Grant initiative.
Program winners Beechmount Harriers, Craigavon ââLakers Wheelchair Basketball Club, City of Derry Tennis Club and Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club have all received Â£ 500 to spend on whatever they need.
The Boost Sport grant was launched in 2020 and has helped 11 grassroots sports clubs in Northern Ireland by providing financial support to help clubs achieve their long term goals.
In the case of West Belfast-based Beechmount Harriers track club, the club only has one full-time coach but will spend the money to help their volunteer coaches get full license and training. .
For the other three clubs, the money will be spent on additional equipment to try to increase the number of participants in the coming months.
The Lakers, for example, have just wrapped up a massive recruiting drive that they hope will attract more members, and to welcome them they will buy more basketballs, resistance bands and tactical boards.
Lurgan Ladies, who has more than 200 members, will buy more hockey balls that are desperately needed, while City of Derry intends to buy portable nets, rackets and tennis balls that will allow them to create pop-up tennis courts all over town.
Adrian Hipkiss, Director of Marketing and International Affairs at Boost, explained: âAt Boost we are proud to work with and support communities at the local level, so we are delighted to announce the winners of our Boost Sport Grant initiative. .
âAll the judges were very impressed with the entries and it was very gratifying to hear what each club was hoping to achieve. This is the perfect opportunity for us to give back to the local amateur clubs and teams who can use the money to achieve their goals and it is clear that Northern Ireland is full of amateur sports talent, which we are delighted to have. the opportunity to help develop.
“On behalf of Boost, we would like to congratulate all of the Boost Sport grant recipients and good luck going forward.”