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Sport England grant aids rejuvenated Belper Hammers

Belper Hammers have taken advantage of Sport England funding.

A club back on the rise

When it's comes to establishing the Belper Hammers Volleyball Club, tapping into funding pots is playing an important part in its resurgence.

After disbanding due to lack of numbers in the mid-noughties, a new club has been a great success since setting up in 2013.

A senior men's team and a junior boys' team are now playing at East Midlands League and East Midlands Under-17s level, but plans are afoot to form a senior second team and junior teams at various age groups, including girls' sides.

The club are looking to run more Go Spike sessions with their funding.

Funding to train coaches

Helping in that bid is the successful securing of a Sport England Small Grants Award for £3,315. Among other things, it will allow the Belper Leisure Centre-based club to train more level one and two coaches, buy equipment and run 'Go Spike' sessions to enable newcomers to have a go.

"I knew a bit about the Small Grants Award, but we got some good support from Volleyball England in putting together our application," said club secretary and junior section leader Will Hughes.

"You do have to put the time in to apply, but it is not a difficult online process, and Sport England try to make it as straightforward as possible and are helpful if you contact them with any queries by phone or email.

"I would recommend all clubs trying it, and it's particularly worth it as a community club."

Belper home to expand their senior and junior set-ups.

Get involved

The Belper Hammers run adult training sessions from 7pm to 8pm every Thursday and at the same time on Friday for juniors aged 13 and over.

The club hopes to access other funding sources in the future, such as Community Sport Activation Fund (CSAF).

For more details on the Belper Hammers Volleyball Club, go to the Facebook page or Twitter feed.

You can also find out more about Sport England's Small Grants Programme and to look for other funding pots, view the Derbyshire Sport funding finder.

You can also read more about looking after your club's money within the finances page of our club support section.