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Sports clubs win cash awards

Two local sports clubs have received a share in the £82,000 recently awarded by the Skipton Building Society as part of its Grassroots Giving community funding scheme.

Beverley RUFC and Leven East Street Bowling Club are among the 164 community groups or organisations across the UK to each receive £500 as part of the scheme in 2017. Grassroots Giving was launched in 2013 to celebrate the society’s 160th anniversary and proved an immediate success. It has been repeated annually since and is designed to reflect the society’s  mutual roots and help people and communities to help themselves.

Beverley Rugby Union Football Club says it will use the money to install some additional washing facilities. “In many ways, we are the victims of our success and our club facilities can only just cope with the number of teams. One thing we desperately need is an area where the parents of our youngest players can wash them. If our bid is successful we will install washing facilities in a changing area,” the club said in its application.

“Our club has been operating for over 100 years and is run by a committee of volunteers and other helpers. Originally we ran up to four adult teams, but recent decades have seen the introduction of junior rugby and this season, for the first time, we will field teams at all ages from under six to under 19, as well as three adult teams, a veterans team and, for the first time, a ladies team,” the club’s application stated.

Meanwhile, Leven East Street Bowling Club says they will use their award to improve the banking on one end of the bowling green and provide a multipurpose shelter with seating. Their application stated: “Earlier this season we built a sheltered area, this provides a spectator viewing area, acts as a windbreak, a refuge if there is rain and shade from the sun. It also provides visiting teams somewhere to change into their shoes.

“We have also rebuilt the banking at one end of the bowling green, making it more pleasing on the eye, safer and sturdier to walk on, but more importantly it provides easier access to the green for all bowlers, including our less mobile members. We have plans to do the same at the other end of the green. The work required to the banking will cost about £700 and the shelter about £600.”

The club, now in its 87th year, is run by its 39 members, aged between 56 and 80-plus. “Every member has an input into the running of the club, from maintenance of the green and grounds to organising matches and events. Our members enjoy a couple of hours outdoors combined with gentle exercise, a challenge and good company. It is a great source of entertainment for an ageing population,” the club’s application stated.