Cash to get kids active

Basketballers with Banks Group's Barry Grimes and coach Anthony Sampson.
Basketballers with Banks Group's Barry Grimes and coach Anthony Sampson.
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Youngsters across the county have been hitting the basketball court thanks to a cash boost.

A £5,855 grant given by The Banks Group’s community fund, has enabled the Eagles Community Foundation to buy a range of new equipment which is being used in community basketball clubs and outreach activities in Blyth, Ashington and Ponteland.

The equipment is helping to attract and retain players to the evening training sessions.

Deirdre Hayes, Eagles Community Foundation manager, said: “Having access to the best equipment we can offer is crucial to both attracting and retaining players into our programmes, and it also helps us give our younger players a valuable sense of responsibility to take good care of the kit.

“As a charity, all our resources go back into providing the best possible facilities and opportunities that we can, and this generous support is enabling us to do more and better work in areas where there’s real enthusiasm.”

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks Group, added: “The Eagles Community Foundation provides a wide range of terrific opportunities for people in south east Northumberland and Newcastle, and it’s very pleasing to see how our support is helping them extend and improve the work they’re doing in local communities.”

Visit www.newcastle-eagles.com/community.asp for more details.