Your votes could bring cash boost to football club in Rutland

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A FOOTBALL club which was targeted by arsonists is among seven local groups battling it out for a cash boost.

Cottesmore Amateurs FC has submitted a bid to the NatWest Banks Community Force Project.

It hopes to attract enough votes to win a £6,000 grant to help rebuild the club following a fire which destroyed the wooden store and all of its contents, including the electrics for the grounds.

Six other community projects in this area have also entered the competition.

Burghley Park Cricket Club needs money to build a new storage shed at its ground in Stamford while Glinton Friendship Club hopes the grant would fund transport to its social club for the over-60s for the next two years.

The team from BigPinkHeart in Stamford aims to promote respect within the community by organising workshops in schools, prisons and public places.

If it won a grant it wants to showcase the outcome of a Bridging the Generation Gap project to show what can be achieved when different generations work together.

Another project in line for a grant is The Rutland Card, a discount card available to people in Uppingham to use in 38 of the town’s shops and businesses. A £6,000 grant would allow the card to be rolled out across Rutland.

Members of the Collyweston Playing Field Association would like to secure a grant for a car park, gates, fencing and a bike rack.

The final local project appealing for votes in the Newborough and Borough Fen Playing Field committee. It wants to develop a new building to house the local cricket team and youth groups. The money from the NatWest scheme would go towards paying for the roof and lighting.