Stockton Netball Club
Stockton Netball club was established over 20 years ago. It started with a hand full of adults wanting to play netball, but not having the opportunities locally. From there we have grown into a 'family' of women and girls. We have different training sessions for different age groups, and all attend one coaching session a week and we also enter into local leagues for all age groups.
The impact on the local community
Our vision for the club is about more than netball. We want to give women and girls the opportunity to socialise, meet new friends, develop life skills, keep fit and healthy and have a great sense of belonging. We feel like we are achieving this and have some great supportive adults and parents to help us too.
The project you are crowdfunding for:
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of local sports clubs, which is going to make it very challenging for us to survive.
In normal times we have membership fees, court fees and match fees. However, through the uncertain times we haven't managed to have any consistency with our training due to local and national lockdowns. As a club we have not therefore had any income, but have paid out for some facility hire. We have already invested money into making the sessions covid safe and will also need to invest in more equipment, bibs etc to make sure that when we can that we comply with new restrictions.
We need to raise money to pay for the sanitsers, bibs and equipment for each team. Just to COVID kit each team out and get going this season cost us £100. Equipment can no longer be shared between teams - we need duplicate bibs, balls, first aid kits and kit bags for each team. One set of bibs costs £45, times that by every team and we are into big money. We also need to look at training our COVID officers to ensure we are ahead of the game and the girls stay safe.
The number of members we can have training together at any one time and sourcing outdoor facilities has also been a huge burden on us financially.
We aim to raise funding for the club so that it is even better when we can return to play and make sure that we invest in making the club stronger for the future.
Your donation will support the club when we can eventually open its doors once again.
We want to invest in our members to help the club grow. We would like to offer young girls leadership training qualifications and more older girls and women the opportunity to do coaching and umpiring qualifications. We want to make sure we have the capacity to grow and offer more people to reap the benefits of the club.
(This year our training sessions for adults had to be outside on non netball specific courts, we are looking forward to getting back to normality):
What do we need you to do?
All the rewards have been kindly provided by friends of the club. Please pledge as much as you can – there are some great things to be had…help us get to the £5000 target.
Where is your money going?
There is a window of opportunity at the moment where Sport England, under their ‘Active Together’ Crowdfunding initiative, will consider matching up to 50% of our initial target. We are going to apply for it and want to try and take advantage of the potential match funding from Sport England.
The club is aiming to raise £5000. If we manage to raise the £5000 we are hoping Sport England will match this which we will put into developing the club and providing more opportunities for the women & girls.
Thanks from all the women & girls at Stockton Netball Club… you are helping to make our dreams come true!