Appeal to help club after sponsor drop

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A SUCCESSFUL club in Spilsby is appealing to the public for help after its main sponsor was forced to withdraw its funding.

Despite the loss, the Spilsby Judo and Gymnastics Centre in Vale Road, is continuing to go from strength-to-strength say its owners.

“The number of members has trebled and the club is doing really well, we have lots of teenagers now who previously did no sport at all, so the club is doing exactly what we aimed for,” said Caroline Hereward, who jointly runs the centre.

But with winter on the way, Caroline fears the centre may ‘struggle’ to keep running the not-for-profit organisation, if another sponsor is not found.

“The club helps so many children and youngsters and we have several letters from parents and the children in support of us,” added Caroline.

The club, which opened on the industrial estate in April, aims to broaden sporting opportunities for the young in the town and has done so by keeping customer charges to a minimum so not to disclude any member on the basis of wealth.

David Hereward, joint owner, said: “Our main sponsor, Core Construction was forced to withdraw the funding, as they can no longer finance it.

“It gave us the extra help to keep the centre running and now we will have to find the extra ourselves.

“We don’t take any money for ourselves and put it all into the centre for the community.

“The club is going from strength-to-strength and the number of members we have is fantastic.

“We still only charge £1.50 per person, per session, and want to keep it that way so that parents can bring their three or four children and still afford to do so each month.

“We will never close it but another sponsor would help us to continue to provide the facilities offered.”

The club currently enjoys an average number of 56 junior members and 16 seniors on a Tuesday and Friday, who come from all over the area, including Lincoln, Boston, Skegness, Spilsby and Horncastle.

Since opening, the club has also produced a judo champion, Lauren Osbourne, who achieved gold at the Yorkshire Championships and the future looks bright for their aspiring champion, Thomas Gleadel.

l Visit www.spilsbyjudoclub.org.uk to find how to help.