Talking West Cheshire

Councillors help Neston Neons step up the league

28 June 2010

The Neston Neons Netball Club has received the boost it needs to enter the realms of higher league netball - thanks to two Cheshire West and Chester Councillors.

Cllr Kay Loch and Cllr Scott Mealor have both donated part of their Members Budget Grant to the team - combined to total £3,917.

The funding will help the team play in higher leagues by assisting with the hire of training courts, new kits and bibs, equipment purchase, league entry fees and ensure that they can employ a trained coach.

It will also help the team to extend membership to a wider age-range of players, helping to encourage the young and older people to partake in sport.

Councillor Loch said: “When the Neston Neons first approached me for assistance in not only helping the club to grow but to actually keep it going I was struck by the team’s determination and dedication.

“They have a core group of members who are contributing a lot of personal time and effort to building on four years worth of work and constantly looking to strike interest in other age groups.

“They have great potential to do extremely well in leagues across the North West region and I am delighted to be able to help them take a step in the right direction.”

Members Budget Grants of £5,000 are allocated to each councillor at the beginning of each financial year and must be used within a ward for community benefit.

Any community group, organisation or individual can apply to their local councillor for aid with funding for a project. Grants must be in excess of £250.

Neston Neons netball team with Cllr Loch

Photo: Councillor Kay Loch presents a cheque to the Neston Neons Netball Club.