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GRASSROOTS WINNERS - Ivanhoe College Girl's Cricket

Added 18 Nov 2016 by GFORCE

An Ashby-de-la-Zouch school has been bowled over thanks to a kind-hearted donation to its girl’s cricket team.

Ivanhoe College, on North Street, has received £500 from the GFORCE Grassroots Campaign which aims to provide financial support to help local sports teams and clubs from across the region to achieve their aspirations.

The money will be used so the team can take part in a number of cricket tournaments during this academic year.

Laura Tickle, PE assistant at Ivanhoe College, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this money from GFORCE. The donation will be a big help in helping us to fund the transport we need to access tournaments and therefore provide more playing opportunities for the girls as they are often spread far from where we are based.

“Our girl’s cricket team only really started up last academic year. It is led by one of our science teachers who enjoys his cricket! We currently have two teams each with approximately 15 members so the numbers are good but we hope to build on them further.

“Last year, both our year 7 and year 8/9 teams competed in the local school sport partnership competitions in North West Leicestershire for indoor cricket, playing against three other schools in the area and they both won! We really hope to achieve the same this year and go through to the county-wide competition. All the girls are so grateful for the support given by GFORCE.”

Leicester-based company GFORCE Teamwear launched the campaign earlier this year to reinforce its commitment to grassroots sport by setting aside a £5,000 pot of money which organisations in the East Midlands could apply to for grants, with a maximum value of up to £750 per team or club.

Simon Ward, sales director at GFORCE, said: “Girls cricket is a growing sport so we are delighted to be able to support Ivanhoe College as they look to build on the competitions and playing opportunities they can offer their teams. We wish them all the very best for the future.

“The GFORCE Grassroots campaign exists to reward the dedication, passion and success of sports teams and clubs from across the East Midlands. Our company has a proud history of supporting the local community and we are looking forward to giving out more grants to help local sports clubs over the coming months.”

GFORCE, based on London Road in Leicester, is a high performance sports brand offered by Gymphlex Ltd - member of a group of companies, also including Leicester-based Uniform specialists Grahame Gardner Ltd.

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