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Sticking in for cash aid.

NORTH Shields Hockey Club could be in line for a pounds 50,000 boost.

The club is among 220 across Britain being considered for the top cash award in this year's Norwich Community Sports Fund.

Who claims the money will be decided on September 14 - and North Shields are currently third in the voting ratings.

The club aims to complement its low membership fees, which already encourage more children to get involved with the sport, with improved facilities and better coaching.

It is also proposing a new community outreach scheme to help promote hockey across the Tyneside area.

Spokesman David Yellowly outlined the importance of securing the Fund's cash.

He said: "The money would make a massive difference to the development of the club.

"We are a very young team and need this money to step forward. Everybody has been taking part, from young to old.

"We are anxious about the next few weeks and are taking nothing for granted as we know we need to keep working hard to secure the money."

Olympian Darren Campbell, the Norwich Union Community Sports Fund Ambassador, said: "The beauty of the scheme is it gives the funding directly to the public.

"North Shields Hockey Club clearly has the full weight of the local community behind it and needs only a few more votes to make that last push for the top pri

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2008
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