Stotfold dancers step forward for funding

A young Bedfordshire dance group have a spring in their steps after a funding boost for new equipment.
Gifford Dance Academy are the latest recipients of a Team Sport award from UK Power Networks

Gifford Dance Academy in Stotfold has received a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks, the company which distributes electricity across the East of England.
 
Employee Noel Jukes, an area manager at UK Power Networks, applied for the award as his daughter, Scarlett, is part of the dance group which began in 2015 and now has more than 100 youngsters training weekly.
 
Noel helps the club with setting up of dance events including the moving and delivering of mats when they have competitions or lessons.
 
Rebecca Gifford, head coach at Gifford Dance Academy, said: “With the funding we are looking at purchasing some gymnastics equipment for the club, and are hoping to get a trampette that we can use in classes to help the dancers practice their jumps and acrobatic skills.
 
“This is not something we have currently so this will make a big difference to our dancers and their training. We are hoping to buy one on wheels so that we can use it across our different locations, which will mean more of our members can benefit from it.
 
“We got the same funding award from UK Power Networks last year also so we all really appreciate their support and help.”
 
The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sporting opportunities.
 
Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. During 2021, 77 teams benefitted to a combined sum of £19,250.
 

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