Size and Date of Grant:
Haslemere Sports Association £1,077 October 2015
Purpose of Grant:
To assist in the funding in the ongoing training and development of the club.
Impact on the Club:
Our Schools’ Programme gives children with less opportunities a chance to take part in a team sport, make new friends, keep healthy and have fun. Over 90% of them have never held a hockey stick before we started the programme in October 2013 and the majority play very little organised sport in the school day. Most importantly it gives the children an opportunity to enjoy themselves, and hopefully join our Club with its 460+ playing members. We want to widen our membership base to include any young person.
How has the grant helped to market the club in getting new members:
Last season we were coaching on average 280 children per week in three local state primary schools, where normal sports facilities/opportunities are perhaps not what they could be. This coaching is done in the school day and in the schools. The Club has also done two multi-skills mornings at Woolmer Hill coaching about 200 children each time.
Numbers and sessions have dropped significantly due to funding shortages, and we have taken steps for 2015/16 by re-employing a day time coach.
The day time sessions are a feeder for the ‘After school Club’ at Woolmer Hill, with the more interested children going along on Friday evenings for more concentrated coaching sessions. The two parts of the Programme go hand in hand, and will in turn feed and sustain our adult section of Haslemere Hockey Club in the longer term.