Lincoln Stars, Lincolnshire’s only National League basketball team, has received a grant for almost £3,000 to further develop the sport in the county.
The Lottery money is set to help Lincoln Stars set-up a development squad, an academy, train two new coaches and buy equipment.
“We’ve been struggling financially since the start of the season,” explained Stars’ head coach, Dave Piggott.
“It costs a lot of money to set-up and run a national league club and the players have had to dig deep to keep us going.
“This grant means we can start growing the club without having to worry about where the money’s coming from.”
The development work begins with a schools’ coaching programme at the end of the month, then continues through February with an academy try-out and into the summer with camps to be arranged in July.
Lucy Willets, Basketball Development Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Parnership said the Stars were fortunate to receive the grant out of a large applicant pool:
“The club have worked hard to become established in Lincolnshire and in the National League this season and the funding will help secure the future of the club and increase the profile of basketball in Lincolnshire.”