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Property Fund Supports Girls Youth Teams at Netherhall Rugby Club, Maryport.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall will see first-hand the newly developed facilities designed to support the girls youth team, supported by a grant from the Property Fund, at Netherhall Rugby Club on Wednesday 22nd January 6.15pm.

The Property Fund re-invests funds obtained from criminal behaviour and the public are invited to apply for up to £2,500 from the Property Fund to help support projects that engage in community initiatives and interventions to reduce crime.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner comments: “Netherhall Rugby Club in Maryport have recently been awarded a grant from the Property Fund and I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and hearing about their expansion and new teams.

“The Property Fund award has been used to help make alterations on current changing areas to accommodate female only areas and create a welcoming environment for the newly formed girls youth team.

“Having improved facilities and equipment attracts more players and club members from the Maryport area. Anything that encourages local people to do something active with their spare time can only be a good thing.

“Netherhall rugby club also offers local people the chance to be part of a team and develop the core values such as respect, discipline and sportsmanship, all qualities that help communities to become strong and work together.

Colin Martin, club youth section representative comments: “Our girls section has grown over the last couple of years, and we now have around 50 players from the local area registered to play for either our U13, U15 or U18 teams.

“Our club teams have historically been male only, and the club was designed and built back in the 80’s to accommodate men. The funding awarded has allowed us to create female only changing facilities and toilets that can be isolated from the rest of the club. This enables us to accommodate girls and boys at the same time if needed, something that previously was always a problem.

“The funding was also used to purchase training equipment such as tackle bags and balls that are specific to the age and size of the players, allowing the club to deliver regular quality training sessions. Our playing numbers are increasing, and the girls are getting fitter and more skilful week on week.”

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