Seven local sports teams in Carlisle have been kitted out with new equipment, match day and training gear, after winning the Tomorrow’s Local Legends bursary, which was set up by Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire.
The bursary scheme, which was set up to help maintain and increase participation of amateur junior sports players in the city, has donated £3,000 in funding to local Carlisle sports teams. Clubs were invited to apply for a share of the bursary up to £500, and were carefully selected by Stagecoach based on their applications.
The bursary fund was awarded to; Carlisle Reivers FC, Northbank FC (girl’s and boy’s teams), Carlisle Comets, Carlisle Cricket Club, Carlisle Warriors Basketball Club and Caldew Lea Primary School.
Mike Matthews, coach for Carlisle Reivers, said: “It’s important that we have kit and equipment which allows the team to reach their full potential and funds are always an issue for us, so it’s extremely beneficial to get outside support.”
Mark Whitelocks, managing director of Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire said: “We know how difficult it can be for local teams to secure funding and how vital it is that money is there so kids can play the sports they love with the right equipment.
“We have recognised this and set up the first Tomorrow’s Local Legends bursary to directly support teams from across Carlisle. After the success of the first campaign, I’m pleased to announce there will be a second bursary project which will benefit people from the wider Cumbria area. We’ll be releasing details of this shortly.”
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire will release details of its new bursary before the end of 2019.