13 July 2012
Dance group set for British Championship thanks to funding from People's Postcode Lottery players
Dance group Somerton Dancemasters are set to take part in the British Dance Organisation Street Dance competition.
The troop of under-14s will take part in the competition, to be held in the legendary Blackpool Tower, this November. The competition acts as the qualifier for the overall British Championship.
The under-14s class, launched last year thanks to funding from People’s Postcode Lottery, have already been involved in a number of competitions. Led by dance teacher Hayley Moreland, who has volunteered with the group for over 10 years, they most recently came 6th out of 23 groups in a United Street Dance competition in Reading.
Deb Clark, Chairperson of Somerton Dancemasters said, “The girls are so getting so excited about the big competition. They have been working so hard, practising their routines religiously every week. We are so thankful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The support they offered us allowed us to set up the group, without the funding it simply wouldn’t exist. We know these groups provide great benefits for all the young people who attend, not only do we see obvious increases in their confidence, and their health and fitness but the groups are also widely regarded as helping to tackle anti-social behaviour.”
Clara Govier, Charities Manager People’s Postcode Lottery said, “We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to allow Somerton Dancemasters to set up a group specifically for under-14s. We know the organisation is making a huge difference to everyone that takes part, and it’s great news that already the girls are at competing standard. We’d love to work with similar local groups and would encourage them to visit our website to check their eligibility and apply for much-needed funding.”
The People’s Postcode Lottery funds community groups and registered charities through it's grant-giving organisation People’s Postcode Trust. 40p from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes direct to good causes. To date players have raised over £19.1 Million. Applications for funding up to £5,000 opened on Monday 9 July and close on 24 August. Visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk for full details.