junior lacrosse girls receive support from local foundation

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Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Junior Girls have been awarded a grant of over £900 by Stockport Life Leisure’s Foundation, The David Hopkins Foundation.

The girl’s lacrosse section of the club was established 4 years ago to run alongside the junior boys teams with a handful of girls, but now it boasts over 50 new junior girls playing members aged from 6 to 14.

Richard Smith, Head Coach and Junior Development Manager at Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club commented: “The generous award from the David Hopkins Foundation has allowed expenditure on girls playing equipment and goals without which we would have had to hold back the expansion of the junior girl’s lacrosse section. This has allowed the club cater for both an under 13 and under 11 girl’s lacrosse team playing competitive fixtures to complement the existing under 8/10 development teams. “

Smith added: “We are extremely proud to be able to offer young girls the opportunity to play in a fast and skilful team sport in The Heatons which could not have been achieved without this financial support and considerable help from parents, coaches and volunteers.”


Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club welcome girls and boys of all abilities including beginners from ages 5-16 and they practice at The Heatons Sports Club on Green Lane, Heaton Moor on Monday evenings from 6.30pm-7.45pm. All equipment is provided.

Julie Bennett, David Hopkins Foundation’s representative, said: “We are delighted to help the club grow participation and opportunities for young girls, and we are very proud to be able to support the growth of the sport in the Stockport area.”

The David Hopkins Foundation, run by Life Leisure, offers grants up to £500 for individuals living in Stockport and £1,000 for clubs based in the Stockport Borough, to help make a difference to the provision of sport and physical activity, enabling more children and adults from any background to become more active and participate in their chosen activity.

The grant application form is simple to complete, so if you would like to apply for funding for your activity or project from the David Hopkins Foundation visit the Charity section of our website or call 0161 482 0900.