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Sport England Grant success for Hambleton Clubs

Published on Monday, 1st June 2020

Thirsk Falcons Youth football team

Seventeen Hambleton based sport clubs have received cash to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

The clubs take a share of £49,902 from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund – the largest amount to be awarded to an individual area.

Clubs from Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk, Bedale, Thornton le Moor, Sessay, Leake and Sowerby have all benefited from grants – which range from £310 to £8,234.  The funding will go towards sustaining cricket, bowls, football, gymnastics and swimming clubs during a period when most sporting activity has been put on hold. 

“The outbreak of the virus and consequent shutdown of businesses at short notice left the sport and physical activity sector facing uncertainty,” said District Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, portfolio holder for leisure.

“But thanks to Sport England our local sports clubs - who support and encourage our communities to be active - are getting some help. We were extremely lucky in Hambleton that we were one of the highest benefactors to date from this fund.”

Grants went to: Thornton Le Moor CC; Stokesley Bowls Club; Tanfield Angling Club; Golf in Society; Stokesley CC; Thirsk CC; Stokesley Sports Club; Bedale Junior FC; Thirsk School of Gymnastics; Bedale AFC; Sessay CC; Thirsk Falcons FC; Sowerby Flatts Bowling Club; Thirsk Athletic Sports and Social Club; Leake CC; and Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club.

  • The £35m fund, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding has been made available in response to the COVID-19 crisis to deliver immediate funding to those most in need.  It is specifically targeted at organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.  Grants between £300 to £10,000 are available however the fund is temporarily paused to new applications. For more information visit: