Sirius Minerals Foundation backs Whitby-based clubs with £60,000 funding

Whitby Amateur Boxing Club and Whitby Cricket Club have been backed by the Sirius Minerals Foundation to the tune of £60,000.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 10:00 am
Whitby Amateur Boxing Club received their cheque for 50,000 from the Sirius Minerals Foundation

The Sirius Minerals Foundation has given grants totalling £250,000 to improve the facilities of seven sport clubs throughout the region.

Capital grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 each are part of a drive by the Foundation to increase participation in amateur sports across Teesside, East Cleveland and the Whitby and Scarborough areas.

The Foundation have handed Whitby Boxing Club a £50,000 contribution towards the cost of new training equipment, a full-sized boxing ring, disabled access toilets and building extension costs to bring a currently unused space into use and create more inclusion.

Whitby Cricket Club have also been awarded £9,113 towarded the installation of perimeter fencing and a new female changing room to encourage the participation of women.

David Archer, chairman of the Foundation said: “It has always been important to us that the local area benefits as much as possible and amateur sports clubs are an important part of the social fabric of the area and can make such a positive difference to people, helping them lead healthier and more fulfilled lives.

“The board was pleased to see a range of high-quality applications for a range of sports.

“During the very tough selection process, we made the decision to increase the original budget of £200,000 to almost £250,000.”

This funding follows a £52,000 programme of smaller grants awarded to 56 clubs in September to purchase kit, equipment or invest in training.

The charity was set up by Sirius Minerals to share some of the economic benefits of the company’s multi-billion pound Polyhalite mining project, which is being built in Whitby and Teesside.