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Added on: 10th October, 2017 by Caroline_9383
Basingstoke ice skaters have their sights set on glory after successfully applying to a regional builder for a cash boost to help them improve training ahead of major competitions.
The Basingstoke Synchronised Ice Skating Club applied to Persimmon Homes Thames Valley to be chosen as a Healthy Communities winner, receiving a £750 donation.
Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes of £750 are up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under across the region eligible to apply. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each.
The ice skating club has around 50 members, aged from nine to 60 plus years, with three teams practising every week. The skaters regularly compete in national competitions and galas and have even appeared in the film, Nativity 3, in a flash mob scene.
Ailsa Wiggans, spokeswoman for the club, said: “We have very dedicated members and they work really hard. All our teams are keen to compete but this is expensive as the skaters need to practise, be coached, travel to venues, have competition outfits and pay to enter. Our advanced team also need extra support to achieve competitive results.
“Our skaters have the enthusiasm and commitment, so the club sought funding to enhance our performance in the forthcoming season and beyond. We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for their support.”
Martyn Clark, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “It is clear that, no matter what their age, these ice skaters are incredibly dedicated and are keen to put their skills to the test. We are delighted to be able to help them. After all, our Healthy Communities programme is aimed at creating a legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it.”
To find out more, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity