Young dancers at a dance school in Stotfold can take big steps forward after lockdown with new mats rolled out thanks to a donation from a local power company.
About 150 dancers are present Gifford Dance Academywhich run weekly lessons in the Stotfold area and received a £250 team sport prize from UK power gridswhich distributes electricity throughout the East of England.
Employee Noel Jukes’ daughter, Scarlett, is a dancer at the academy, which started in 2015, and as a volunteer, Noel prepares mats for competitions and lessons.
The past year has been difficult for the academy due to Covid-19 restrictions limiting online-only activities, with the pandemic also reducing fundraising opportunities.
Rebecca Gifford, head coach at the academy, said: “These new mats will make a huge difference in helping dancers learn and practice new skills safely, while being essential to eventually working on their dances together again. acrobatic lifts once social distancing is relaxed.
“We are very happy to resume face-to-face lessons after so long.
“The dancers have done exceptionally well all year staying incredibly engaged and learning all their routines for this year’s competitions online as well as classes at the park over the summer.
“Continuing during the lockdown has not been easy as we have not been able to organize any of our usual fundraisers which help us run the club so we are extremely grateful for this donation as it will be a great help to the club. ‘opening. again.
The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and aims to promote healthy living, teamwork and the development of sporting opportunities.
Hundreds of community and sports groups have received grants since the program’s inception. In 2020, over 60 teams have benefited from a combined sum of £15,500.