Registered Charity No. 1170819
Your Community Sports Hall
Table Tennis Development
We applied to Sport England small grants scheme in 2010 in order to increase the number of people playing Table Tennis and to purchase some new equipment. We were awarded £5,130 and were able to purchase six new tables, along with table tennis bats, balls and skills sets. In addition to the equipment, we were able to cover the cost of coaching fees in order to run junior sessions. This was a short term approach as another part of the funding was to be used for coach education – however we struggled to identify prospective coaches so this element of the funding was returned.
Junior Badminton Development
We applied to the small grants scheme again in 2012, this time to develop junior badminton sessions. The funding was used for equipment and coach education. We selected two members of Alford Badminton Club to train as coaches to level 2; whilst undertaking the qualifications we were able to enlist the services of another coach from the Boston area to come and start the junior section. We were also able to purchase rackets, shuttles, portable nets and other training aids for the coaches to use. This scheme has been very successful and we have a group of young people playing badminton on a weekly basis.
Recently we were awarded £495.00 from Lincolnshire Playing Fields Association. This has allowed us to select a further two members of the Badminton Club to be trained as coaches to Level 1. This means we now have 4 qualified coaches to help young people in Alford.