Wymondham shuffleboard team benefit from £3,500 council grant

The Wymondham Shufflers shuffleboard team have received a £3,700 grant from South Norfolk Council. P

The Wymondham Shufflers shuffleboard team have received a £3,700 grant from South Norfolk Council. Pictures: Submitted - Credit: Archant

An unexpected cash grant will help a niche sports team keep playing while raising their club's profile.

The Wymondham Shufflers are celebrating after receiving the £3,500 grant from South Norfolk Council.

The shuffleboard team founders will use the windfall to buy new equipment, including four roll-out rubber courts and cue sticks, and promote their sport to attract new members.

Martin Wanger, club secretary, said: 'Owning our own equipment will help us expand and bring the fun of shuffleboard to more people in the community. The game is great fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Everyone plays on an equal basis as long as they can push the cue, which is like a broom.

'It's very easy to pick up the basic skills, but it also presents a challenge for those with a competitive edge.'

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The Wymondham Shufflers meet every other Friday afternoon at Central Hall to play the game, a combination of bowls and curling.

Peter Broome, the South Norfolk councillor who made the grant from his Neighbourhood Chair Community Action Fund, said: 'I'm delighted to support this local club which provides such a fun and sociable activity for its members.

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'This fits closely with the council's priorities of enhancing quality of life and environment, and supporting communities to realise their potential.'

If you know of any community groups that may benefit from funding, email council's community capacity team at communities@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Do you have a story about an unusual sports team? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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