Shepway Sports Trust announces new community partners
At the beginning of this year, Shepway Sports Trust launched their new five-year strategic framework with a clear call-to-action: “together, we can make positive changes for our community”. Accompanying the new 2019-2024 strategy was an opportunity for organisations to apply for a grant to pursue or extend a sporting project or idea for the local community.
Laurence Hickmott, Chief Executive of Shepway Sports Trust, commented:
“An integral part of our new five year strategic framework is around developing partnerships with other local groups and organisations who share a similar vision to Shepway Sports Trust. We were extremely impressed with three of the applications that we received for our community grant which encouraged us to want to work with all three projects. We decided to split the £1000 grant between the projects so that we can support each of them to get their projects off the ground. However, our partnership and our support for them will not stop at giving them a small financial contribution. This is more about cementing a long term partnership so that we can all work together to provide even better opportunities for our communities and the most vulnerable people within them. We will be working closely with each of the projects to help secure further funding and to support with other aspects such as marketing, administration, recruitment of volunteers, transport and general advice. The three projects we are working with are close to our hearts and we are excited for what the future brings – watch this space!”
The three projects selected are:
Girl Riders Folkestone:
A community group born from a passion for board riding. It aims to encourage women of all ages to have a go at skateboarding, surfing or paddle boarding in a supportive and safe environment which is inclusive regardless of age, ability or cultural background.
W’Allnuts by Dr. Legumes:
A pilot workshop programme which aims to support young males aged 14 – 30 years, exploring various topics relating to health and mental wellbeing.
Run the World:
Run The World is a project that supports and empowers women and girls through sport and art. Run The World is a running group that specifically focuses on empowering women and girls from marginalised and hard to reach communities, as well as those who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, isolation and loneliness.
Kindness, wellbeing and inclusivity are at the heart of Shepway Sports Trust’s plans for the next five years – as well as the small fact that they will be managing and operating Folkestone 51, the first multi-storey urban sports park which has been funded by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and will be opening within the next year.