Cornwall Athletic Club Secure a whopping £25,000

Posted on 28 Feb 2017 in General


Cornwall Athletics Club has secured £25,000 to buy vital new equipment for its high jumpers and pole vaulters, after winning a national award.

Cornwall Athletic Club was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The club, which has more than 700 members aged from eight years old to athletes in their 70s, is based at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Pool, Redruth. Its members have gone on to achieve national success, including Rebecca Gray and Molly Caudery, both international pole vaulters, and in international discus thrower Paddy Swan.

The club was nominated for an award by its long jump and triple jump coach John Mitchell, who is also a OneFamily customer. He nominated the club for a Foundation Community Award to fund new mats for its pole vaulters and high jumpers, as the existing equipment is no longer fit for use.

He said: “The mats we have now date back to when Sebastian Coe officially opened the club in 1992 and they are just not good enough! We’ve got some very promising young athletes at the club, and they deserve to have access to the equipment they need to achieve their full potential, this award should set us up for another 25 years of pole vaulting and high jumping.”

Cornwall Athletic Club was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round. Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said: “Cornwall Athletic Club is a key part of the community and it is helping local athletes achieve great things, this award will help train the international athletes of the future, which is a fantastic thing for us to be able to support. Our replica watches UK Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts. Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in the autumn and we’d encourage our Cornwall-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, 100,000 people directly benefited from Foundation Community Awards. Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

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