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Archery club on target with sports grant

Members of a Bedfordshire archery club are all a-quiver after receiving a £250 sports grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 8 March 2016 12:00 AM

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Members of a Bedfordshire archery club are all a-quiver after receiving a £250 sports grant from UK Power Networks.

The electricity distribution company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, has given Clophill Archery Club the grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money following an application from employee Charulata Patel, a sustainability advisor at the firm’s Stevenage office, who attends the club with her 15-year-old son Rohan.

Charulata said: “The donation will go towards purchasing more club equipment; bows, arrows, quivers, protective equipment etc. 

“Members who join are allocated a complete set of equipment for them to practice with, initially a beginners set, then as they progress they can swap to intermediate equipment - otherwise, they would be spending £300 to £500 on their own equipment.  Obviously, club numbers and wear and tear mean that the equipment constantly needs replenishing.”

During the winter months the club members shoot indoors at a sports hall in Ampthill while the summer months they use club’s field in Clophill. For more information on the club visit their website www.clophillac.co.uk.

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.