Sports club lands lottery cashpot for new players

Garstang Natives Volleyball Club
Garstang Natives Volleyball Club

A volleyball club is offering young people the chance to try the sport after receiving nearly £6,000 of lottery funding.

Garstang Natives Volleyball Club (GNVC) has run a successful senior side for more than a decade.

Now the club wants to give new blood a chance and has launched one-hour sessions specifically aimed at would-be players aged 14 to 25.

The weekly ‘come and try’ training sessions, for boys, girls, men and women, will be held every Friday between 6.45pm and 7.45pm at Garstang Community Academy Sports Hall.

No provision of this kind currently exists in the area and the opportunity has been made possible thanks to a £5,850 grant from Sport England.

Ian Terry, the club’s chairman, said: “GNVC is a well-established local club that has been thriving for over 11 years, with teams competing in the local league and at various local and national tournaments.

“There is now a clear demand for a junior section in the club and this project is a great opportunity for the club to develop in the community and as it does so, to provide an outlet for sport for young people.

“We’re delighted to have received lottery funding to make it all happen.”

The club’s senior players narrowly missed out on gold at the White Rose 2013 tournament, hosted by Haughton Volleyball Club in Darlington, on Saturday.

The team lost the final of the Super Fours competition 2-0 to Leeds Boys, while another GNVC side reached the semi-finals of the Super Sixes contest.

Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

James Sessford, Sport England’s senior grants manager, said: “The opportunity to try a new sport for the first time is often all a person needs to catch the sporting bug.

“The new young people’s volleyball training programme project is a great way for young people to try volleyball and to get a quality sporting experience that will encourage them to stay involved.”

GNVC has also been helped by Volleyball England, the sport’s national governing body.