Sport England Grant Success!

Cheshire Bears wins National Lottery funding

Cheshire Bears are celebrating after being awarded £9991 of National Lottery funding to support the set up of the new club for the 2018/19 season and purchase much needed equipment to include shoulder pads and helmets for players in order to compete for the season and to set up the club for the future years to come.

The grant, awarded through Sports England Small Grants Programme, will allow Cheshire Bears to safely train for contact and enable access to the sport to Women across the North West and North Wales. Without this award the club wouldn’t have been able to compete in the Tackle format of the game and this is an amazing breakthrough for the club.

American Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and the Women’s format of the game has experienced the highest growth over the last few years. There are approximately 20 Tackle teams across 2 divisions located throughout the UK and around 15 Flag teams, with new teams forming every season and Great Britain squads for both formats that compete at both European and World levels. Cheshire Bears are a brand new club looking to compete in the Tackle format and make our mark in this ever growing sport.

Arran Harrison, General Manager at Cheshire Bears is thrilled to have been awarded the funding: 

“I’m absolutely delighted that we have been awarded this grant, Women’s American Football is growing at a phenomenal rate and Sport England awarding us this grant means we can provide Women in the Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales areas the opportunity to play and experience just how rewarding and exciting this sport can be. We would also like to thank everyone who plays the National Lottery; your money goes to fund these grants and awards and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.”

National Lottery players raise £30m every week for good causes, funding arts, heritage, sports, voluntary and charity projects around the UK. For more information on good causes in your area go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for more blogs on how the club is getting on with recruitment and training. And also blogs from coaches, players and the new recruits!

Thanks for reading…

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