(L-R): Liam Redmond, Alan Charles and Mick Dewhurst
A community-based football club that has helped keep young people active and out of trouble has scored high on the first impressions of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
Commissioner Charles visited Gamesley Football Club this week (Tuesday March 1st) to see how the club has transformed its facilities following a grant from his NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) Fund.
The fund was launched last year to provide financial support to community capital projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their communities. Distributed in grants of up to £40,000, the fund is a proportion of the income confiscated from criminals in Derbyshire under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This legislation provides police officers with the powers to seize cash and recover the valuable assets that have been bought by criminals through their illegal profits including property, cars and jewellery.
The club received £16,824 towards the cost of a new spectator barrier system and refurbishment of the changing room facilities during the 2015-16 funding allocation.
Speaking after his visit, Commissioner Charles said: “I was delighted to meet the volunteers who devote so much of their time to making Gamesley Football Club a success. This fantastic club has sent community spirit levels soaring and has given local people pride over their estate.
“Importantly, it has also become a focus for young people’s attention and is helping youngsters from the area channel their energy and enthusiasm into a positive sport. Projects like this are crucial to the health of community life and I wish the club lots of future success in the league and in the wider social context.”
Around 60 players are registered with the football club who all live within a three-mile radius of Gamesley. The club is currently in the Premier Division of the Cheshire Football League which is remarkable given the modest size of the estate.
The club relies on volunteers to keep it running and to raise vital finds.
During his visit, Mr Charles presented the club with a commemorative plaque to mark the award of the grant.
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Posted on Thursday 3rd March 2016