A new grass-roots sport initiative – Boost Sports Grant scheme – established by Boost Drinks – has awarded Lurgan Town FC with £500 to help achieve their goals after a very tough year in sport.
A total of seven NI clubs each received a cash boost from the soft drink leader which also included an overall winner – Malone Rugby Football Club Women’s Team who were awarded £2000.
County winners were made up of Lurgan Town FC from County Armagh, Speed Development Project Track Club from County Londonderry, St Mary’s GAC Aghagallon from County Antrim, East Belfast GAA from County Down, Artigarvan FC from County Tyrone and Enniskillen Royal Boat Club from County Fermanagh.
Covid-19 restrictions have put a huge burden onto sports clubs this year with lack of income being gained to support and run much loved community-based grass-roots clubs so Boost Drinks made sure to help by providing an essential boost in funds to seven clubs.
Over 50 applications were received from across NI before a judging panel selected a well-deserving overall winner and six county winners.
Lurgan Town FC caught the judges attention and were chosen as the County Armagh winner due to the fact they are a very important part of the community with a membership of approx. 600 which includes 60 volunteers, male and female players, and offer disability football sessions.
Phil McKinley from Lurgan Town FC describes the delight at winning £500 from the Boost Sport Grant: “Firstly we would like to thank Boost for selecting Lurgan Town FC as a winner! “The grant will make up for some of the lost income due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will put the money to good use by spending it on our volunteers’ coaching education. “There will be First Aid training costs, Safeguarding Children training, and IFA Grassroots Coaching Certification covered in the money awarded which will benefit everyone in the club!”
Boost Marketing Director, Adrian Hipkiss said: “This initiative was very important to us as we appreciate times have been difficult for many in NI and sports have taken a big hit with little support. “All the judges were so impressed by the applicants. It is very clear that Northern Ireland has sporting talent in abundance – which we want to help nurture. “On behalf of Boost we want to wish all the Boost Sport Grant recipients congratulations and good luck for the future,” continued Adrian.
Boost Drinks was established in 2001, launching in Northern Ireland in 2003 and now owns the province’s best-selling soft drink as well as the fastest selling sports drink in Northern Ireland*. Boost is available in various pack formats across seven core Energy flavours, Sport, Protein and Iced Coffee.
* Source: IRI Marketplace Data Symbols and Independents 52 weeks unit sales to 4th October 2020.
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