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Cash plunged into Great Yarmouth Sports Clubs after members support Air Show

Back, left to right: Jordan Pickering and Martin Pickering from Stalham Artistic Roller Skating ClubSports clubs in the Great Yarmouth borough are reaping rewards after members volunteered as bucket collectors and crowd stewards during the town’s first ever air show.

Organisers of the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show have gifted Great Yarmouth Town Football Club, Stalham Artistic Roller Skating Club and Great Yarmouth Basketball Club with several thousand pounds, after more than 60 people gave up their weekend to collect funds along the seafront to help secure the event’s future.

The air show, staged last month and organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, saw 180,000 people flock to the Golden Mile across the two days.

Asa Morrison, Show Director, said he was extremely grateful for the support received.

“It really is a perfect example of community spirit. Our call for support was well and truly answered and we really appreciate the help of each and every one of the volunteers from these three clubs.

“We have talked in depth about the economic impact to the town, but here is a specific example of three sports clubs being able to invest and evolve directly as a result of the air show.”

The Sentinel Leisure Trust assisted with volunteer recruitment across all three clubs, with both the skating club and basketball club operating from the Marina Leisure Centre, which is run by the charity.

Martin Pickering, Head Coach of Stalham Artistic Roller Skating Club, said: “We are a small club and financially we really do go from month to month. We are all volunteers and a lot of the money comes out of our own pockets, so it will be such a big help.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We had fantastic feedback from the locals and it was great to be a part of it.”

James Long, Chair of Great Yarmouth Basketball Club, said 10 members of the club had volunteered during the weekend.

“We have an under 17s session and another for under 13s. The hoop is quite high for the under 13s, so we are going to use the money to buy some height adjustable hoops.

“It will also help us facilitate a dedicated session just for girls. At the moment we have mixed sessions, so it will now be financially viable to book court time and coaches.

“We had people come and put money in the buckets two or three times because they had enjoyed the show so much.”

John Lewsley, Secretary at Great Yarmouth Town Football Club, said the Wellesley Recreation Ground in Sandown Road was used as a venue for Red 10 to land.

“We were really pleased to accommodate him and extremely happy to provide volunteers across the weekend after being contacted by Sentinel Leisure.

“There is scope to increase the level of support we give to any future air shows and the club would also be interested in supporting other events organised by the BID.

“We are very keen to enhance our facilities and make some modifications to our social club. The committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss how the funds will be allocated.”

Claire Henwood from Sentinel Leisure Trust said: ‘We were really pleased to be given the opportunity to support such a great event and to see money invested back into our local sports clubs. The funding will have a big impact and allow our clubs. The funding will have a big impact and allow our clubs to develop further.’