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Return to play success for Harriers

United Harriers & Athletics Club are delighted to announce they have been awarded a £5,445 grant by Sport England from their ‘Return To Play Fund’.

This was the first ever attempt by the club’s committee in applying for a sporting grant and the money will go towards new equipment, coaches training and website improvements.

The Covid lockdown restrictions have posed significant challenges to the club and are ongoing. Extensive work has been carried out to risk assess the club activities in order to provide a Covid secure setting.

Groups have been restricted to 12 members per coach and with around 350 members to 10 volunteer coaches there is a need for more coaches.

Extra equipment was needed for members training alone or in smaller groups.

The disabled group have been unable to train during lockdown so the club has applied for 2 rollers – these are devices that allow static indoor wheelchair training.

Leverhulme Centre would normally have provided the hub for club members to meet prior to training and process membership applications. The centre has been closed for long periods during the pandemic. Funds were required to develop the website and the ability to process membership applications and renewals online.

The project ‘Back with Bolton Harriers’ has just begun and will continue for the next 6 months. The club is looking forward to getting back to business, training new coaches, and welcoming new and existing members alike.

Harriers would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Sport England for helping to facilitate the venture.