Barrhead netball team receives £1000 to support health and fitness initiative

Members of the Barrhead BBN Netball Team who have received funding from Persimmon Homes West Scotland.
Members of the Barrhead BBN Netball Team who have received funding from Persimmon Homes West Scotland.

An adult netball team has scored a donation of £1000 to fund its initiative to encourage people to keep fit and healthy.

Barrhead BBN was given the cash by Persimmon Homes West Scotland as part of the builder’s Community Champions project.

The team, affiliated with BBN, a national body that stands for Bounce Back to Netball, is also working towards dispelling the myth that netball is for ‘women only’.

Elaine Stewart applied for the funding on behalf of the Barrhead BBN team.

She said: “We were all delighted to hear the news that we had been selected to receive Community Champions funding and can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for its support.

“Breaking down perceptions that netball isn’t just a sport for girls and encouraging people over the age of 18 to embrace sport has been pretty successful.

“Covering tournament costs, hall rental and supplying kit can be costly leaving us reliant on fundraising and donations like this one.”

The team uses netball as a positive way to combat social isolation and promote healthy living with members that include a range of men and women aged from 22 to 66.

The Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

Nationwide the company has donated more than £750,000 each year since the scheme started in 2015.

Doug Law, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “We are always supportive of projects that promote healthy living in the communities where we work.

“Barrhead BBN’s positive approach displayed the qualities we are looking for to make a perfect Community Champion and we are delighted to support them.”