Clubs take up token challenge

MORE than 40 of the Island’s sports and leisure clubs have signed up to try to win a share of £10,000.

Members of the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club with some of the equipment they bought with funds from last year’s Kit4Clubs promotion
Members of the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club with some of the equipment they bought with funds from last year’s Kit4Clubs promotion

MORE than 40 of the Island’s sports and leisure clubs have signed up to try to win a share of £10,000.

The Jersey Evening Post’s Kit4Clubs competition, which is sponsored by Ogier, has officially been launched, giving teams the chance to pick up a cash prize of up to £3,500.

All clubs have to do is collect tokens which will be printed in the paper each day from today and for the next four weeks.

Teams can spend the prize money on anything they see fit and the registered clubs have told the JEP what they would do with the cash.

Some are planning to put it towards taking members to the UK for competitions, whereas others say they need new training equipment.

The winners of last year’s top award, the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, have entered again to be in with a chance of winning some funds.

The club is run by volunteers and gives young Islanders with learning disabilities the chance to train and compete in artistic gymnastics.

They spent last year’s prize on upgrading their equipment and towards travel costs for September’s Down Syndrome World Gymnastics Championships in Leicester. The club’s head coach, John Grady, is hoping for a repeat performance this time around.

‘We wouldn’t be where we are today without the generosity and contributions of Islanders, and winning a prize last year was another example of that,’ he said. ‘Winning the money wasn’t the only benefit, because it also did wonders in raising the profile of our club and people’s awareness of the sport.'