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Royston community groups score with funding from North Herts District Council

18 June 2021
Royston Town Youth FC coaches and parents

PR Date: Friday, 18 June 2021 - 3:15pm

Two community groups in Royston have received over £2,000* from North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Royston and District Committee to help them continue with their work in the town.

Royston Town Youth Football Club received £794 towards the purchase of new pitch divider nets. The new divider nets will enable the club to safely run multiple football training sessions at the same time.  The new nets will replace old nets that have sustained significant wear and tear, making them a trip hazard.

The club, which operates out of King James Academy School in the town, is a not for profit organisation that has been in operation since 1872. They provide football coaching for over 500 boys and girls aged 3 to 18 years and have over 100 volunteers who help to keep the club running.

Simone Robinson, Club Secretary said: “Everyone at Royston Town Youth FC is very grateful and we would like to thank the Royston & District Committee for voting to award the funding, this will now ensure that we can deliver training sessions safely to over 500 children aged between 3 and 18 from the local community”

Royston Community Association (RCA) received £1,500 towards the purchase of 30 new stackable chairs. The new chairs will be placed in the Coombes Community Centre, on Burns Road in Royston and will be well used by visitors to the Centre.

RCA is a voluntary organisation formed in 1976 to promote social, welfare and recreational activities for people of all ages living in Royston and the surrounding area. They run the Coombes Community Centre which caters for a variety of clubs including sports, education, leisure, music, mental health and wellbeing. In addition, the centre also caters for nursery provision, church services, blood donor sessions and as an election polling station when required. 

Bob Smith Chairman of the Royston Community Association said: “We appreciate the support from the Royston and District Committee to replace chairs that are unsuitable for purpose.  They will now be an asset for people who visit the centre for many years to come.”

Gillian Morland, Coombes Community Centre Manager said: “We have had a difficult time financially like everyone and this grant will now allow us to provide comfortable chairs for our meeting room which is used by many people. It is wonderful to see the gradual return of our groups who include many people who have been very lonely since restrictions began. It’s brilliant to see so many happy and familiar faces returning, and they can now sit on comfortable new chairs too.”

Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Chair for the Royston and District Committee said: “We are pleased to be able to support these two organisations, helping them to get on with their day-to-day activities. They are both long-standing community focused organisations in Royston and we wish them well with their future activities.”

To find out more about Community grants visit our Community grants web page

*subject to completion of necessary formalities