Local netball club for girls under 16 proves a success due to much needed monetary boost from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council

The Sid Valley Netball Club has gone from strength to strength since September 2016, when its inception was made possible, thanks in part to Sidmouth Town Council, who applied on their behalf for Parishes Together Funding from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.

The money - £1,846 was provided by the Parishes Together Fund and £1,846 came from the Keith Owen Fund - enabled the club to buy the necessary kit and equipment to get started and the club’s growth has been spectacular with 57 regular members now attending.
Girls from Year 6 to Year 11 can join the club, which meets at St Johns International School, Sidmouth on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (U12s), from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (U14s) and from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (U16s).

Designed to provide financial solutions to local issues, the Parishes Together Fund is a joint East Devon District Council and Devon County Council initiative in which the sum of £1.10 per elector - £1 from Devon County Council and 10p from East Devon - in each parish is put into a central pot, which parish and town councils can then apply to for funding towards community projects. Sidmouth Town Council applied on behalf of Sid Valley Netball Club, with the support of Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council.

Chairman of the Parishes Together Fund decision making panel Councillor Phil Twiss said:

Youth netball is important as it encourages girls to participate in sport and get healthier and have fun. We were very pleased to be able to give some funding to this worthy project, well done to the two ladies that had the idea and put the hard work into making it a reality.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s local member for Sidmouth said:

I’m delighted that this money will go towards encouraging young people in the Sid Valley to get involved in sport and to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Through the Parishes Together fund, we’re encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their town or village. We’re particularly keen to see applications that support new projects that will benefit whole communities.

The Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, Councillor Ian McKenzie-Edwards said:

I am extremely pleased to see this new Netball Club flourishing in Sidmouth thanks to the support of the councils. Partnership working and the allocation of funds locally by the town council is one way of helping our communities thrive.

Most of East Devon’s town and parish councils haven’t yet applied to the Parishes Together Fund this financial year. Applications have to come from town and parish councils, but voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can put their ideas forward to their town or parish council. So far only Kilmington Parish Council has applied for funding.

Find out more about the Parishes Together Fund.