Money gives club a sporting chance

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Stoke Hammond Sports Club has been awarded £2,000 of National Lottery cash from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund to repair facilities that were badly damaged in the floods and storms over the last few months.

The bad weather devastated homes, businesses and infrastructure across the country and also had major impact on sports facilities, particularly sports pitches and water sports centres. In February, Sport England launched the £5m Flood Relief Fund in a bid to help the clean up and repair work.

Stoke Hammond Sports Club will use its share of the cash to mend the roof of the outdoor shelter, purchase a replacement cricket sight screen, roll and purchase loam as well as top soil for the field.

The money will help resurface its cricket and football pitch which was unplayable for much of the season due to waterlogging.

Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England, said: “The storms and floods devastated many sports facilities across England.

“We want to play our part in helping communities get back to normal, and we are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to Stoke Hammond Sports Club to help it get back up and 
running as soon as possible.”

Hazel Turner, vice president of the Stoke Hammond Sports Club said: “We are delighted that Sport England has awarded this funding to us which will allow us to repair the outdoor shelter, field and purchase a replacement cricket sight screen so that the community can once more benefit from these fantastic facilities.”

Clubs, charities and similar organisations can still register for help at