THE quarterly meeting of Thurrock Sports Council was held on January 9th.
Since the last meeting grants had been awarded to Yamaguchi Gojo Kai as assistance for 14 karate students to attend the English Championships, to Charlotte Waters an under 11 cricketer being coached at Essex CC and to Khai Riley-La Borde, a talented local athlete.
Grants were agreed at the meeting for an athletics coaching course for a Thurrock Harrier and to sponsor Blackshots Bowls Liaison Committee to purchase special equipment for the Lifestyle Solutions Group who play bowls at Blackshots. The group has increased in size so more equipment is required.
At the meeting Jason Fergus of Active Essex Jason commented on the success of the Club Forum held in December and expressed wishes to support TSC to move forward with another forum to be held in the summer. Other considerations could be 10 steps to £10k (Sport England) and/or a funding fair for local clubs.
Grant Greatrex (Sport & Leisure Manager) spoke about the indoor sports and sports pitches. Thurrock Council will decide a strategy for the next 10-15 years. There hasn’t been any major investment in sports facilities for the past 40 years or so. The “Active Place Strategy Update” was emailed to members
A general discussion took place concerning a) the poor condition of sports pitches and it was decided to send out the petition again in paper form and on-line; b) specification of ground rent for pitches and qualified people to maintain them; c) could help to maintain pitches be obtained from organisations such as Writtle College? Sue Macpherson (Sports Portfolio holder) has begun to address this.
Sports Clubs are encouraged to register with Thurrock Sports Council (with no cost). Information can be found on the Thurrock CVS website http://www.thurrockcvs.org/Core/Thurrock-CVS/Pages/Thurrock_Sports_Council_6.aspx
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