Sport England grant secures fencing project's short term future (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Fencing North East receives £100,000 boost from Sport England
A FENCING project that has introduced thousands of North East youngsters to the sport has secured enough funding to continue for the next three years.
Sport England has awarded Fencing North East a £100,000 grant, which complements £50,000 of cash and in-kind funding provided by other organisations in support of the project.
Fencing North East was set up in 2008 in partnership with Durham and Northumbria universities and has supported young fencers in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Cumbria and Teesside who have gone on to compete at National, European, and Paralympic levels.
It received a Big Society Award from the Prime Minister this summer in recognition of its work with schools, scouts, colleges and local authorities, specifically targeting young people from less well-off areas.
So far it has introduced fencing to 2,500 under-16s across the region and its chairwoman Marie Matheson said she was delighted the grant meant it could continue its good work.
She said: “It’s fantastic news that Sport England have agreed to continue to support our award-winning project for a further three years, thanks also to our partner organisations who have continued to support us.
“We’re thrilled that we will be able to continue to work with communities right across the North East, introducing people to fencing and continuing to grow participation in this exciting sport.”
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