Burnley sports projects receive boost

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TWO Burnley sports projects have been enjoying real success.

In May, Burnley Ultimate Dodgeball Club received funding from the “Big Lottery Fund – Awards For All” to help develop the sport.

These activities included a young sports leader’s award run through the UKDBA (UK Dodgeball Association) with 10 youngsters getting involved. This course took place at the BEST Centre in Network 65, Burnley.

Secretary and head coach Lee Puxty said: “It was a fantastic evening for all that were present. The youngsters we had involved all came away with more confidence and improved on their communication skills.”

After this was the StreetGames Festival, held at Sports City, home to Manchester City Football Club. StreetGames is a sports charity that helps communities. by supporting a network of projects such as Burnley Ultimate Dodgeball Club.

The club, who were defending their 2011 title started off brightly in this year’s competition but after meeting various strong opponents from across Manchester, Rochdale and Pendle the struggled to find their 2011 form and crashed out in the group stages.

Alongside the Dodgeball Club, the BEST Centre also gave six young skaters the chance to experience the StreetGames Festival by competing in the Inline Speed Skating Championships.

Special praise must go to Alisha Hyde who received an award for fair play and most effort and received a signed t-shirt from StreetGames ambassador Amir Khan.

Eleven-year-old Alisha said: “Our team was third overall in the competition and it was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with.

Burnley Ultimate Dodgeball Club, run sessions on Thursday at the BEST Centre from 4 - 5-15pm, £2 per session and the club can be contacted on 01282 455068..

The BEST Centre, hosts many other sporting activities, such as gymnastics, table tennis, archery and roller disco skating.

The centre can be contacted on 01282 455068 or via the website www.thebestcentre.com.