After a strenuous application process, the Pole and Aerial Society have been awarded over £3,000 in funding from Sports England. Sports England’s vision is that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feels able to take part in sport or activity. This money is going toward the purchases of new equipment for the society to be able to operate here at Hutton Hall in partnership with Herts Fitness & Dance.
Laura Clipsham, Chair of the society was delighted with the award. “We are actually the first Pole society to have successfully received a grant so that’s pretty exciting!”
Jasmine Hanciles, who is the Treasurer of the Pole and Aerial society, said that the commute to Welwyn where they previously hosted their classes was hard for members. “Last year the members had to commute to the dance studio so despite having a high volume of paid members, the classes were really low on numbers week to week.”
“Teaming up as an all new committee for this year, we knew we had to change that by having our classes at the University instead and we knew we’d need an external grant to get everything sorted out before we came back in September.”
Thanks to Stacey Snedden, the owner of the dance studio in Welwyn, the society heard about the Sports England Grant available to them. Together, Laura, Jasmine and Stacey brought all their ideas together to outline what they wanted to achieve in the Pole and Aerial Society.
“Laura drafted an amazing application which we went back through and tweaked as a group,” Jasmine explained.
“We got our application sent off at the beginning of July and it was a long wait for us to find out if our bid was successful. But in that last week of September, we got our confirmation!”
Everyone in the Pole and Aerial Society were thrilled with the result!
“We have used this grant to buy our own freestanding poles which has allowed us to hold our classes on campus,” The Chair of the society explained.
“Most of our members were complete beginners when we started in October and several of these have progressed and grown enough confidence to perform at our Christmas showcase!”
The Christmas showcase was a huge event for the Society after the Sports England Grant achievement.
“We had a great turnout and it was a really fun night for all. The performances were absolutely incredible. Those who didn't perform still came along to support. I am absolutely astounded at the friendly atmosphere we have in our society – nobody gets left out and everyone is always really encouraging of others.”
The Pole and Aerial Society are hungry for more success later on in the academic year and Laura explained the plans in place.
“We are entering into a University pole dancing competition again this year and are hoping to host our own competition as well.”
Fancy being part of the Pole and Aerial Society? The society is open to every individual! For more information please visit https://hertfordshire.su/activities/societies/society/8636/