£55,000 boost for Sheffield groups

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FUNDING grants worth £55,000 have been donated to two community groups in Sheffield, giving members the chance to enjoy sports activities, workshops and education courses.

The cash has been donated by waste management firm Veolia to the Sheffield Chinese Cultural Exchange Community, and the Friends of Hollinsend Park.

The money came from the Landfill Communities Trust, to which Veolia donates a percentage of its tax payments.

A donation of £39,000 was made to the friends group, which will go towards a new games area in Hollinsend Park, on Ridgeway Road.

The games area will replace two derelict tennis courts in the park, and will be marked out for basketball, mini soccer and cricket practice.

John Dawson, chairman of the friends, said he thought the grant was ‘fantastic’.

“Replacing the old tennis courts has been on our agenda for more than six years and this project will enable the community to participate in a wide range of sports,” he added.

The Chinese Cultural Exchange has been given £16,000 by Veolia to convert the large garage of its new centre on Scotland Street into a community hall.

The new facility - based in the old Brass Founders factory - will be available to hire, enabling the group to hold a wide range of activities, including Mandarin and English language courses, craft workshops, shows and exhibitions.

Christine Fetter, a fundraiser on the project, said: “The improvements will make such a difference to the whole community. I can’t wait for the work to start.”

The Landfill Communities Trust has donated more than £600,000 to community and environmental projects in Sheffield and South Yorkshire over the last three years.

McNabb Laurie, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust which approved the funding, said the grants were ‘great news for Sheffield’.