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Derbyshire basketball club slam dunks a new kit!

Added 26 Feb 2019 by GFORCE

A basketball club in Derbyshire is celebrating after netting a new kit, thanks to a donation from a unique sporting campaign.

The newly formed U14s team of the Derbyshire Spartans Basketball Club, who train at Derby Moor Community Sports College, has received a brand new kit, worth £750, from the GFORCE Grassroots Campaign which aims to provide financial support to help sports clubs from across the Midlands achieve their aspirations.

The Spartans started off as a men’s local league team but after gaining interest from younger players, the team decided to establish its own youth programme in 2016. The club entered into the U18 conference national league and then built up U16 and U14 training sessions. After the success of the U14’s training, the club decided to enter a U14 national league team in the 2018/19 season. To help the rising U14’s, the club applied to the Grassroots Campaign for funding so it could get a specialised, bespoke playing kit just for them.

Dan Watts, head coach at the Spartans, said: “We are always trying to make our club and sessions as affordable as possible so we try and use sponsorships and grants to keep our costs down and give our members more for less. We want young players to feel a sense of pride representing our club and we needed a kit that would reflect this. The Grassroots Campaign came along at just the right time for us and we were delighted to be successful. We really want to provide a professional environment and a sense of excitement for our younger players who are new to basketball. We received a full set of performance game kit that our players are thrilled with.

“They love the modern design and it’s a great representation of our desire as a club to strive away from the mainstream and do things a bit differently. We are incredibly appreciative and grateful to GFORCE for not only the kit, but for the work they put into our kit and the great service. We were in constant communication and you could feel the sense of excitement on their part in being involved with the process and the genuine desire to help our growing club. A huge thanks from everyone at the Derbyshire Spartans.”

After two successful years in which GFORCE Sportswear’s Grassroots Campaign made 12 donations at a total of £10,000 to clubs and teams across the Midlands, the company set aside a £5,000 pot of money for 2018/19 reinforcing its commitment to grassroots sport.

Simon Ward, sales director at GFORCE Sportswear, said “We are so pleased to have been able to make this donation to the Derbyshire Spartans who are a growing club working hard to give whoever wants to take part, access to playing basketball. They are an inspiration.

“The GFORCE Grassroots campaign exists to reward the dedication, passion and success of sports teams and clubs from across the Midlands, like the Spartans, and it reinforces our commitment to grassroots sport. We wish the club all the best in the future.”

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