A charity scheme run in part by Betfair has given a boost to UK grassroots sports with a substantial cash reward. Cash 4 Clubs, run by Betfair in partnership with SportsAid, will distribute £13,569 to 18 clubs across a raft of different sports in the UK.
Betfair’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, Georgina Corbett, said, “The benefit these clubs bring to their members and their wider communities is vital. At a time of falling participation levels and increased pressure on local authority sports funding, I’m delighted that Betfair has been able to support a further 18 groups through Cash 4 Clubs.”
The latest donation adds to the scheme’s total donations that have reached £156,149 since it was launched in 2008. The 18 clubs were chosen after a judging panel including a journalist, British Athletes Commission personnel and SportsAid CEO Tim Lawler judged applicants against the criteria.
Following the panel meeting, panelist Ian Rose, a Paralympic silver medalist and former World and European Champion, added, “It was inspiring to read about so many clubs that are pushing sport forward in their region. I know that those receiving Cash 4 Clubs grants will use the funds to increase access to, and participation in their areas. Grassroots clubs are key to developing talent and key to communities so I wish all applicants well for the future. It was a pleasure to be part of this panel.”
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