Disabled sports club in Castle Point pockets £500 equipment grant

Echo: Albert Palmer is delighted with the funding boost Albert Palmer is delighted with the funding boost

A SPORTS club for the disabled has received a welcome funding boost.

Castle Point Sports Club for the Disabled was given a £500 cash injection, meaning it can upgrade some of its aging facilities.

The club, which caters for 60 people with disabilities and illnesses, needed money to replace a snooker table, as well as invest in other sports equipment.

Canvey Town Council agreed to provide the maximum amount of funding it can at one time at a meeting on Monday evening.

The club, which also received £500 in January 2011, will also get new badminton equipment.

Albert Palmer, chairman of the club, said he was delighted the town council had agreed to support it.

Mr Palmer, 70, has been involved in the club for more than 30 years.

He said: “This is undoubtedly great news for the club as we needed the money to ensure our members get the best possible service when they come every week.

“The snooker table we have is far too big and you risk life and limb even attempting to move it, so we will be able to get a slightly smaller model, which will be easier for the members to use.”

Activities are held twice a week, in the Lake View Hall, at Winter Gardens School, Canvey, on Fridays, and swimming on Sundays at Runnymede pool, in Thundersley.

Joan Liddiard, chairman of the policy and finance committee, said she was more than happy to

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