Ribble Valley Netball Club is facing one of its toughest contests yet as it competes against organisations from across the country for much needed funds which they need the Valley’s help to secure.
The club hopes to win £1,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to buy more equipment for its growing junior section and also purchase a secure storage facility for its equipment so it can be left within the club’s main training base of Oakhill School in Whalley.
“This would bring together equipment which is currently spread around East Lancashire and can mainly be found in our coaches’ car boots and garages,” head coach Jane Moodie explained. “Any remaining funds will be used to replace a shelter that went missing at a recent tournament.”
As well as providing cover from the elements, the shelters are an essential focal point for the teams, and their supporters, at tournaments and are in weekly use throughout the summer, come rain or shine.
To secure the funding, the club has to be one of the 300 projects with the most votes received between now and November 18th so it is appealing to Valley residents for their help.
Residents first need to register at: community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-586
Once registered they will receive 10 votes, all of which can be placed on the club’s entry.
The Aviva Community Fund will finance more than 800 projects across four different fund levels and six categories, spreading awards to communities throughout the UK.
“The club wants to continue to provide the best netball experience possible to the future generation of players as they look to follow in the footsteps of previous club member Natalie Haythornthwaite,” added Jane.
“Natalie who started playing netball with the club has gone on to represent England and has recently become part of England Netball’s first full time netball programme.
“We dearly hope the Valley will get behind us in this bid.”
The club, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, currently has five junior teams (u8s to u10s) entered in leagues that play in Bury every Sunday with more than 160 members training with the club every week.
A not-for-profit organisation it currently provides netball training plus match play and every year hosts a huge netball tournament for junior teams from across the country. Next year this event will be back in the Valley hosted by St Cecilia’s High School at Longridge in May 2017. Anyone interested in helping with sponsorship for this event is asked to get in touch with the club.
Ribble Valley Netball Club offers a couple of free taster sessions to anyone who wants to try netball out. Anyone who is interested should email: firstname.lastname@example.org