Grants for Sports Clubs


A number of sport clubs in Crowborough have received funds from Wealden’s Community Grants Scheme to increase participation in activities.

Crowborough Rugby Club has received £2,000 to help with new drainage to open up pitches for women and girls teams to play throughout the year.

Graham Callard, Chairman of Crowborough Rugby Club (Image courtesy of Black Cat Acoustics)
Graham Callard, Chairman of Crowborough Rugby Club (Image courtesy of Black Cat Acoustics)

In response to the news, Graham Callard, Chairman of Crowborough Rugby Club, said:

Following the improvements to our clubhouse, we are looking to introduce more ladies and girls teams to the club.  We need to maximise the use of our pitches, but this can only take place if we carry out the necessary pitch drainage. Thank-you very much Wealden District Council for helping us make this happen and opening up the sport to many more people.

As part of its drive to encourage women’s rugby, Crowborough RFC is hosting an inter-county Sussex Ladies against Surrey Ladies XV match on Sunday 11th May.

Other recipients of Capital Grants are Jarvis Brook Sports Club and Groombridge Sports Association.

Jarvis Brook’s £1,000 will go towards the provision of safety netting, and Groombridge has received £10,000 towards provision of shower facilities.

Wealden’s Capital Grants help contribute to the cost of building and other work to maintain and improve sports premises.

In total sports clubs in Wealden will benefit from an injection of almost £18,000 from Wealden’s Community Grant schemes to help boost participation across the District.

Jitsu Club
Crowborough and Rotherfield Jitsu Club

Among the beneficiaries of Wealden’s Small Community Grants scheme are the Crowborough and Rotherfield Jitsu Club, who have been given £500.  The Jitsu  Club meet every Tuesday evening at Whitehill Infant School, and Rotherfield Village Hall on a Thursday.

Crowborough-Runners-LogoCrowborough Runners’ £500 award will go towards coaching and track hire for extra Saturday sessions.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety, said:

Sport plays a key role in making life better for people in Wealden through healthy activities and meeting people.  We have many sports clubs spread across local communities and often their resources are limited. Applications for both small grants and capital grants were heavily oversubscribed this year. It’s important we support our sports clubs to enable them to provide new equipment and improved facilities to allow more people to enjoy sporting activities and the health benefits they bring.

Recent figures produced by Sport England show that nearly 40 per cent of Wealden residents aged 16 or over are actively involved in sport or recreation for at least 30 minutes a week.  This makes Wealden’s adults among the most sporting in Sussex.

Both Capital Grants and Smaller Community Grants have to be match funded.  This can be either through cash raised by the organisation, or it can be entirely ‘in-kind’ through volunteer time.

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