Boost for Cuckfield Badminton Club

Smashing time ahead for Cuckfield Badminton Club thanks to UK Power Networks SUS-141215-164327001
Smashing time ahead for Cuckfield Badminton Club thanks to UK Power Networks SUS-141215-164327001

An engineer has won a £250 grant from his employer, UK Power Networks, for his badminton club.

Peter Riste, from Haywards Heath, nominated Cuckfield Badminton Club for the electricity firm’s Team Sport Award scheme and has received cash for nets, shuttlecocks and a first aid kit.

Peter, who is an electricity distribution planning engineer based in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, said: “We were thrilled about the funding for some new equipment.

“The kit we’re using was donated years ago and is in very poor condition, unlike our players! We’re a friendly, non-competitive badminton club run by the local community to help promote the sport.

“Next year we want to expand our membership so this is a welcome boost which will benefit all our members.”

Sue Nagel, club treasurer, said: “We are really grateful to Peter for his enthusiasm in supporting the club.

“We have coped with the old nets for far too long so this is very welcome news.”

The club has about 30 members who meet each Tuesday from September to April, between 8pm and 10pm, in the sports hall at Warden Park School. For further details about joining the club, visit the website www.cuckfieldbadmintonclub.co.uk

The club is proud of its long history in the area having originally been formed by parents of pupils at Haywards Heath Grammar School about 45 years ago.

The age of the members ranges from teenagers to retired people across Mid Sussex.

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in Sussex, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and promotes healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up.

Last year nearly £10,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.

Report and picture contributed by UK Power Networks.