Funding bounce for Ipswich basketballers

Youngsters at an Ipswich basketball club will be dressed for success after a funding boost from UK Power Networks.

Ipswich Basketball club has been presented with a £250 grant from the power company which delivers electricity across the East of England.

Employee Richard Leach, who works as a field engineer for UK Power Networks, applied for the award which will be spent on new kit and additional training equipment.

His 13-year-old daughter, Cerys, plays for the club’s under-14s girls’ team who this year compete in the Premier Division South at venues across the region with the team again targeting qualification for an end of season Final Four tournament in Manchester later this year.

Richard said: “The money will be shared around the squads and be used for new balls and kit as required.

“This is the second year in a row we have received this funding from my company and it’s a great boost for the club to have extra funds to bolster its supplies of training equipment when needed.

“Basketball is a much bigger sport in this country than most people probably realise, there are huge numbers of youngsters playing and it’s increasingly popular with girls and women.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.