Charity shop kicks off funding blitz for grassroots teams

Freshney Place charity shop, Sports Traider, is offering financial support to help local clubs and community groups.

North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership is supporting Sports Traider to provide funding to grassroots clubs across the borough.

Payments of up to £1,000 are available for new and existing grassroots clubs, to provide clothing and equipment so vulnerable adults and children take part in sporting activities.

Sports Traider founder, Lance Haggith, said:

“We’re excited to launch the Sports Traider Encouraging Participation (STEP) Fund, which we hope will encourage young people to participate in sporting activities no matter what their background or abilities.

“Our key target groups are grassroots clubs who need financial support, clothing or equipment to increase activity amongst vulnerable adults and children.

“The community pot generated by the store is kept local, and applications are sought from anyone in North East Lincolnshire.

“The more customers we have, the more funding can be channelled into the local community.

“We want people to be aware of the store in Freshney Place and that everything in store is £5 or less.”

Applications for funding can be submitted from Wednesday 17 February 2021.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 March 2021, and successful groups will be notified on 31 March.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This is a great example of a local business giving something back to the community.

“Having access to grassroots sports can benefit people’s health and wellbeing, and can create strong communities who have a sense of ownership over their club or team.

“If there is a community leader or parent out there who wants to start a new group, club, or activity, Sports Traider would like to hear from them about their ambitions, plans and needs to get started.

“The offer is universal to all current clubs across the borough.”

The store in Freshney Place is currently closed, in-line with COVID restrictions, but application forms are available online at https://sportstraider.com.

You can also email community.projects@sportstraider.org.uk for more information or to request an application form.

Funding bids are submitted to a panel, made up of members of North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, who can then award the money to successful groups.

Subsequent rounds of funding are planned to take place every three months, which means more chances to apply.

The amount of funding available depends on the profitability of the Sports Traider store in Freshney Place, which opened in September 2020.

Sports Traider works on a not-for-profit basis, which means profits from the store will be returned to support local community activities and engagement in physical activities and sports clubs.

The Sports Traider Charity has connections with leading sporting brands and is able to obtain new stock via charitable donations and reduced costs.

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