Swanley Town Council is celebrating a second large grant in as many months, this time from Kent Police & Crime Commissioners Office who have awarded them £10,000 to get more people active in sports.
Just a few weeks ago they had successfully been awarded £9300 from the National Lottery to support community activities.
The latest grant will be used to provide a range of sports coaching sessions in and around the town for young and old alike and encourage them to get more active more of the time.
CEO of Swanley Town Council Mr Steve Nash said ‘its great news and we are very grateful for this support, I know those people who will run the activities and those who will participate will really get Active Swanley off to a good start.
It was only in 2016 that Swanley got its first Swanley Football Club and just a few weeks ago local volunteers set up and started training as Swanley Rugby Club.
Both teams now have permanent homes on Swanley Town Council facilities and are looking at building their memberships and potentially new facilities in the town.
Mayor of Swanley Town Council Councillor Laurence Ball said ‘we are eager to be engaged in all aspects of community life and this will certainly help in building local networks, I add my thanks to those involved and look forward to seeing more sports clubs spring up in the town’.
Since March of this year, Swanley Town Council has taken on 30 seasonal and casual staff to run a range of activities in Swanley Park, including pedalos, tree trek, water park, bouncy castle and karting.
Just last week their latest addition ‘Camp Zero’ launched in the park and will teach young people survival skills such as lighting fires with flint and steel, shelter building, cooking or even plucking chickens and a military style assault course.
Local residents should look out for information on the town councils web site and social media pages or go along to Swanley Park and talk to staff.