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Preston funding scheme is well received in the City

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The newly-re-launched funding scheme to support sports in Preston has already received much interest after being praised by city officials.

Funds 4 Clubs, run by law firm Walker Smith Way Legal, was officially launched by the city’s Mayor, Cllr Veronica Afrin at the Guild Lounge at Preston North End in March and already several sports clubs have shown an interest.

The scheme aims to give sports clubs, dance groups, school PTAs as well as Brownies and Cubs the chance to receive financial funds. Organisations which sign up and refer legal work to the firm receive a donation.

Cllr Afrin said: “It is vital that we support our budding sportsmen and women and this scheme is wonderful, especially at a time where funding is hard to come by. This is an excellent initiative and I strongly urge people to get involved.”

The launch was attended by representatives of clubs, organisations and schools in Preston, as well as GB canoe polo champion Kathryn Moffitt, who turned out to hear how they can receive financial support. Also present to help launch the scheme was Adrian Leather, Chief Executive of Lancashire Sport Partnership.

He said: “We have a lot of up-and-coming sports talent in Preston and sadly times are getting tougher and costs are getting higher for clubs and individuals which can deter many from reaching their full potential.

“The Funds 4 Clubs scheme is to be warmly welcomed, and Walker Smith Way Legal praised for their efforts and initiative. I would strongly urge clubs, schools and organisations to seize this golden opportunity to get a share of this funding.”

Under the terms of the scheme, if anyone associated with a registered club uses Walker Smith Way Legal’s services, they quote Funds 4 Clubs and the club will receive a donation between £10 and £150 depending on the case. Originally the programme was launched in 2011 by MWR solicitors, which recently merged with (and adopted the name of) Walker Smith Way Legal. Following the merger, Walker Smith Way Legal re-vamped and re-launched the scheme.

One beneficiary, Preston City Trampoline Club, has received more than £1,000 for equipment and sports clothing.

Club spokesperson Angela Robson said: “I can’t thank Funds 4 Clubs enough, the scheme has given the club a new lease of life and enabled us to afford to buy new equipment including trampolines and colour-coordinated leotards for the team, it’s fantastic.”

Jayne Raven, who runs the programme, said: “We set up the scheme to support and promote clubs, especially for youngsters. It has been really popular and we have given away thousands of pounds.

“We wanted to re-launch the scheme for 2014 with the hope of getting more sports clubs, schools and organisations in the city involved.”

Walker Smith Way Legal is based in Cannon Street, Preston. The firm provides services to businesses and the general public including wills, probate, residential property, family, employment, serious injury, clinical negligence, commercial property, agriculture & estates and criminal defence.

For more information about the scheme, or to join, clubs can contact Jayne Raven on (01772) 254201 or email: jraven@­walkersmithway.­com

JR

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