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Lincoln sports clubs receive £26k funding

Three Lincoln basketball clubs received funding of £1,500

More than £26,000 of funding has been allocated to sports clubs and organisations in Lincoln, representing over half of the total sum for the county.

The money comes from the National Lottery through the Sportivate programme, so that the clubs can engage young people aged 14 to 25 for the next six months.

The majority of the projects will take place between October 2011 and March 2012.

The City of Lincoln Council received the most money, £5,465 for its Dance Factor competition, followed by Lincoln City Ladies FC with £3,800.

The Hartsholme and Lindum cricket clubs received funding, as well as Off the Bench‘s hockey activities.

Basketball, rowing, golf, squash, lacrosse and rugby clubs also received Sportivate money.

The overall aim of Sportivate is for 300,000 participants to take part in sport in Lincolnshire over the four years. It is hoped that 120,000 of those will continue to play sport regularly.

Lucy Blakey from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Sportivate not only provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport.

“It provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications for sports club funding through Sportivate, and are delighted to have allocated almost £70,000 over the first year.

“Over £40,000 has been given to projects starting next month, and we’re looking forward to seeing more people taking part in sport as a result.”

Source: Lincolnshire Sports Partnership