HINDERWELL and District Sports and Youth Club is all set to welcome female members for the first time following a makeover from a local business.
The club, situated in the village’s High Steet, currently offers cricket and football to its 80 male members, but the plan to introduce netball, hockey and rounders meant female-friendly facilities were needed to encourage women from the local community to join in and get active.
Club members and volunteers recently rolled up their sleeves to transform a former storage room into a female changing room, in the hope of attracting women members to the club.
The donation was made as part of Middlesbrough-based Dulux Decorator Centres’ Colouring the Community scheme, after treasurer Rachel McGlade contacted the local store.
The scheme aims to help local community groups and charities restore their premises and surrounding areas.
The team of enthusiastic volunteers used brushes, rollers and paints to revamp the room over a period of three weeks.
Rachel said: “We are extremely grateful to Dulux Decorator Centres for the generous paint donation, because would not have completed the renovation without them.
“We wanted to make sure we could welcome females to the club as we have so much to offer them and we’re so glad we can now.
“We hope the transformation will encourage more people in the area to join in, as we provide the perfect place for local families and friends to enjoy sport together.”
Les Marston, manager of Dulux Decorator Centres in Middlesbrough, said: “There’s no doubt the club’s appeal has increased since the revamp and I hope that local ladies sign up and get involved.
“The volunteers have done a wonderful job with the decorating and the changing room looks fantastic.”
Local charities and community groups wishing to apply for a Colouring the Community award can find their nearest store and apply online, by visiting www.duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk.