LONDON 2012: South Holland clubs boosted by Silver Spirit

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TWO organisations in the South Holland have received grants to fund an Olympic and Paralympic inspired project.

Holbeach Senior Links has been awarded £200 of grant funding to support their Celebration of the Olympic torch passing through the town.

The group will be having a small party with lunch to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch, with Sally Reddin – a former Paralympic wheelchair champion – attending to share her experiences as a Paralympian.

Long Sutton over-50’s group has also been handed £150 of grant funding to support their New Age Kurling Olympic Competition, which takes place this Tuesday.

The money will be used to welcome guests and a buffet lunch will be provided.

The money has been funded through a project called Silver Spirit at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, which awards grants of up to £300 to community groups and organisations whose members are mostly aged over 50 years, and want to run Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.

Exactly £10,000 has been awarded to 70 projects throughout Lincolnshire in four rounds of Silver Spirit funding leading up to the Games.

With all the money now allocated, over 3,000 people aged 50 and over will be taking part in Olympic themed activities in their local area.

Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Silver Spirit provides a great opportunity for the older generation to get actively involved with the 2012 Games.

“We have funded all kinds of innovative ideas.”

Holbeach Senior Links welcomes volunteers and new members to help them organise and run the event. For more information, call Rita on 01406 424861.

Long Sutton over 50’s are also keen to welcome new members to their community.

For more information call Sue on 07702 847009.