This Year’s Rowvember Challenge To Raise Money For New Sports Fund

PC Faye Webb during last year's Rowvember challenge

PC Faye Webb during last year’s Rowvember challenge

There’ll be cash available for Scilly’s sports clubs and organisations that work with under 16-year olds from next year.

The Young Persons’ Opportunities Fund has been devised by sports hall manager Tess Lloyd and police PCSO Shirley Graham.

Money will be raised from the ‘Rowvember’ challenge this autumn. It follows the success of the inaugural event last year, when islanders were asked to row for 24 hours on machines in the sports hall in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Tess says a number of people said they wanted to take part but didn’t want to use the rowing machines, so this year, there’ll be an additional event called ‘Govember’ extending to treadmills, bikes and elliptical trainers.

Team of seven are being invited to register for the event on Friday 8th November.

It’s hoped that grants from the new fund can be awarded from early in 2014 and the maximum pay-out will likely be £1,000. Tess says they’d like to support group visits to mainland facilities or events that will make a positive contribution to clubs, such as improving the children’s skills and abilities. Requests for cash to view events won’t be approved.

The fund will only apply to groups because some sources of finance, like those offered by Children’s Services, are more limited, says Tess, and individuals who need support for sports development are already catered for by the Adam Mallon Fund.