Dance academy

Young talents at the Gifford Dance Academy in Stotfold receive money for their training

Gifford Dance Academy

Employee Noel Jukes, regional manager at UK Power Networks, applied for the award because his daughter, Scarlett, is in the dance group.

The Academy started in 2015 and now has over 100 talented youngsters training every week.

Noel helps the club organize dance events, including doing the heavy lifting and delivering mats when they have competitions or lessons.

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Rebecca Gifford, Head Coach of Gifford Dance Academy, said: “With the funding, we plan to purchase gym equipment for the club and hope to get a trampette that we can use in lessons to help dancers practice. their jumps and acrobatics. skills.

“It’s not something we currently have, so it will make a big difference to our dancers and their training. We’re hoping to buy one on wheels so we can use it across our various venues, which means more our members will be able to benefit from it.

“We also received the same funding award from UK Power Networks last year, so we all really appreciate their support and help.”

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 2021, 77 teams have benefited from a combined sum of £19,250.