Race against time to save Havant sports scheme

EN GARDE Marc McGee, left, and Alistair Sedwick are taught about fencing by Gordon Daniels from Seacourt Fencing Club during a StreetSport  taster session at Staunton Country Park in 2010. 'Picture: Steve Reid (102328-05)
EN GARDE Marc McGee, left, and Alistair Sedwick are taught about fencing by Gordon Daniels from Seacourt Fencing Club during a StreetSport taster session at Staunton Country Park in 2010. 'Picture: Steve Reid (102328-05)
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URGENT help is needed to keep a sports project for young people running.

StreetSport has been going for nine years and offers activities for people across the Havant borough.

It is funded by Hermitage Guinness housing association and thousands of children have taken part in sports as wide ranging as cricket, volleyball and street dance.

The organisation has made an urgent appeal for funding and support. There is only enough money available to run it until April.

StreetSport project manager Lorna Culnane said: ‘Our programme is entirely reliant on external funding and support.

‘We only have enough funding to see us through to April, but I’m confident there are people out there who might be able to offer sponsorship or make a donation, or who can offer us facilities or coaching hours at no charge.

‘StreetSport started in 2003 by offering football coaching, but has grown over the years to provide a vast range of activities – not just sport, but dance, cheerleading, arts and crafts, basic cookery and many other things.

‘All activities are free of charge, for young people aged eight to 15.’

StreetSport’s popularity was reflected in its recent success under Havant Borough Council’s Approved By You Community Grants Scheme.

The scheme gives residents the chance to decide where community grant money is awarded to via a series of local voting events across the borough.

StreetSport has, to date, been awarded £3,270 under the scheme.

‘Three of the four meetings awarded us the maximum funding available, said Lorna.

‘And in some cases we were competing against 20 other groups.

‘I’m so pleased that the public so obviously feel that StreetSport is a cause worth supporting.’

To help, contact the StreetSport hotline number on 0300 303 8034.