Baslow SportsFest First to Benefit from 2013 Events Fund
The Baslow SportsFest on May Bank Holiday will be one of the first events to benefit from this year’s Derbyshire Events Fund with a grant of £250. Local sports clubs will offer taster sessions and there will be a whole host of other activities like climbing, cycling, bowls, tennis, a boot camp and a Tug-o’-War on the Church Lane sports field from 2-6pm (Monday 6 May).
Last year around 40 groups celebrated the Olympics and Paralympics with help from the High Peak based Community Sports Trust and the nationwide Community Games programme, funded through the government’s Social Action Fund. This year there are another 40 grants of up to £250 available for local community organisations, clubs and parish councils across Derbyshire to help them run community sports events with a cultural element this summer.
Peter Holt, Chairman of the Baslow Sports Field Trust said: “It’s great to have this grant to help us showcase our constituent clubs - bowls, cricket, football and tennis. We’re inviting all local clubs and groups to deliver taster sessions to encourage children and younger teenagers in particular to try out new sports and activities.. Already confirmed are Matlock Cycling Club, Derbyshire Village Games and Walking For Health. We’re also holding a Fancy Dress Parade on the theme of ‘Sporting Heroes’.”
“It’s not just about sport – the WI, Village Hall, Garden Society and Orchard Group are also supporting the event. Everyone’s welcome and we hope we’ll have hundreds of people come along and enjoy themselves.”
Hayley Lever, CST Chief Officer, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to support local volunteers who were inspired by London 2012, organised events last year and would like to make them an annual feature of community life. Summer carnivals, galas, fun runs and sports events are all eligible.”
“Volunteers work really hard year in, year out, in villages and neighbourhoods across Derbyshire, often on a shoestring. The grant can help them to pay for
equipment, medals, marketing and other resources that they need to put that extra little ‘pizzazz’ into their event. This funding will help Derbyshire to keep the Olympic and Paralympic flame burning in 2013.”
David Moorcroft, Olympian and Community Games Ambassador, said, “Community Games is a great way of bring the whole community together for a fun day out to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s great that Derbyshire are supporting local Community Games organisers in this way, and I’m really pleased that the residents of Baslow are joining up with more than 1 million people across the country to take part in Community Games this year.”
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Notes to Editors
• Baslow SportsFest is 2-5pm, Monday May 6th 2013. BSFT, Church Lane, Baslow, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1RY. For more information about the event contact Peter Holt, Chairman of Baslow Sports Field Trust by email Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org and 01246 583279 or PR Helen Watts on 07734 448832 / email@example.com.
• 2013 Events Fund: Groups can apply for up to £250 if the event didn’t receive funding in 2012, or £150 if funding was granted last year, and the group would like to be supported again. This is available on a first come, first served basis for events that will take place by the end of August 2013. In addition to the funding, Village and Community Games Organisers can download event support material - scorecards, certificate templates, risk assessment templates and event toolkits, on the Community Games and Village Games websites.
• For more details on criteria and how to apply, visit the CST website: http://www.communitysportstrust.co.uk/our-work/2013-events-fund/
• For media enquiries about the Community Sports Trust please call Lissa Cook on 07818 411 791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• For media enquiries about Community Games email Angela Lewis at email@example.com
• You can download high resolution images from last year's events to support this article here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lissacook/collections/72157631486238640/
• For a list of last year’s successful projects see: http://www.communitysportstrust.co.uk/news-events/2012/05/28/40_Local_Groups_to_Celebrate_Olympics_thanks_to_Derbyshire_2012_Event_Fund/
• The Community Sports Trust (www.communitysportstrust.co.uk) is a not for profit Community Interest Company. Our vision is of communities where people of all ages and interests take part and compete in sport and recreation opportunities. Communities will have strong sustainable sports infrastructure with high quality volunteers, coaches and leaders.
• The Community Sports Trust manages community-based sports development projects. Our flagship initiative is the Derbyshire Village Games. Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, this innovative project’s aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active. Our network of Village Games Activators work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep.
• For more information contact Hayley Lever at Community Sports Trust PO Box 43, High Peak, SK23 6ZU. 07947 897015. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org