Vale Royal Athletics Club has overcome a funding hurdle thanks to help from housebuilder Redrow.
The club’s under 11s division received £500 for new equipment from the company after it was one of the first groups to apply for funding as part of Redrow’s Hartford Community Initiative.
Redrow launched three brand new developments in the village of Hartford, near Northwich, last year and pledged a pot of cash to help community groups like Vale Royal Athletics Club. It has so far given over £5,500 to various charitable and community causes in and around Hartford.
Run by volunteers, the athletics club, which trains its under 11s at the Mid Cheshire College campus in Hartford, is funded by a membership fee of just £50 per child per year, and has to rely on generous donations to make up the shortfall for equipment, competition fees, rent for training venues and transport.
Coach coordinator David Copsey said: “We’re very grateful for Redrow’s donation and it will go towards items like javelins, shot puts, discusses, hurdles and relay batons, which can be really expensive.
“The under 11s are doing really well. 29 of them recently competed at the Cheshire Cross Country Championships among around 150 club members. They also came second in the North Staffordshire Cross Country, which was a great experience for them.
“They’ll be using the new equipment to train for four Cheshire Track and Field League events in the summer.”
Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “The club does such great work encouraging youngsters in the area to enjoy athletics. It’s run by a team of brilliant volunteers who give up their time for free and it was our pleasure to help out with their fundraising efforts.”
Vale Royal Athletics Club has been operating since 1994 and has around 450 members. Athletes from the junior and senior sections of the club represent their county, the North of England, England and Great Britain at major athletics events.
For further details and membership opportunities see: www.valeroyalathleticclub.co.uk.
Redrow has a range of executive family homes available, from three to five-bedrooms, across three developments in Hartford - Hartford Grange, Weaver Park and Hunters Chase. For more information see www.redrow.co.uk/hartford.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.