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Sidcup netball team celebrate winning £750 grant for new floodlights and pitch repairs

PUBLISHED: 13:01 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 25 January 2018

The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, where the CSGS Netball Association is based. Photo: Google Maps.

The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, where the CSGS Netball Association is based. Photo: Google Maps.

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A netball team has been handed a £750 cash boost to help fund floodlights and works to repair the playing surface.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School Netball Association, based in Hurst Road, Sidcup, offers youngsters aged eight to 11 the opportunity to play netball and be coached by professional teachers, and has been awarded the cash from the Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities fund.

Entries to the scheme have now closed and a shortlist of 30 will be decided on a public vote.

The winning club or individual will receive £200,000 while two runners-up will each receive £50,000.

Tracey Cullens, who made the successful application, said: “Two and a half years ago we set up CSGS Parents Netball Association with the principal aims of resurfacing our netball courts and fitting floodlights and supporting our sports department set up a local junior netball club for girls.

“We feel our legacy should be to help create a community netball project, engaging with young girls who may not get the chance to play netball.

“The club started in October and 20 girls have already signed up. We feel that there are many benefits to young girls being given the opportunity to join a club that is run by trained teachers and is held in a friendly safe environment.

“With so many girls opting out of sports between the age of 11 and 15 we also feel that belonging to a club from a young age will give them the desire and confidence to stay involved.”

The Healthy Communities scheme has seen more than £600,000 given to sporting causes across the UK over 10 months.

The fund is in addition to the £720,000 the company already donates through its hugely successful Community Champions scheme each year.

Tom Wright, managing director for Persimmon Homes South East, said: “Community sports groups that encourage youngsters to take up sport from an early age are to be encouraged.

“Playing team sports is an excellent way to develop life skills, boost confidence, and of course promote good health. That’s what Healthy Communities is all about and we are delighted to be able to support the association.”

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