12 a.m. on January 12, 2022
At their recent awards night, the Atlantic Racquet Center in Bideford included a special category for – Community Partner of the Year, which the committee decided to present to Torridge District Council for 2021.
The award recognized the financial support provided by the Council during the pandemic and the rapid distribution of public funds to the center at the height of the crisis.
The Councils Economic Regeneration team also helped the club secure national sports funding and grants to create and promote new projects, allowing them to continue their mission of providing health-focused benefits to the local community, groups of health and well-being.
Torridge Economic Development Officer Chris Fuller attended the event to receive the award on behalf of Council and said, “I was delighted to be able to receive this award on behalf of all of the Torridge teams.
“As a council, we have distributed over £ 56million in support funds to Torridge, supporting over 3,000 businesses and, coincidentally, around 3,000 people as well. The club has become a cornerstone of the area’s facilities, supporting the physical and mental health of our residents, which is an important part of the council’s program for promoting sport in our communities. ”
Tom Vinall, CEO of the Atlantic Racquet Center, added: “We were delighted to present our brand new ‘Community Partner of the Year’ award to Torridge District Council in 2021. TDC, its members, its leaders and his staff have been incredibly supportive of the CRA. in the past 12 months; helping us bounce back from bottlenecks, increase our income and access new sources of funding to create diverse community groups and activities.
“Their support also allowed us to successfully open our brand new community gymnasium and locker rooms in December. We are truly proud to have a local council so committed to supporting local sport and recreation charities like us here at Atlantic Racquet Center. ”
Torridge’s board is also preparing to resume management of its own recreation centers and services from April 2022 and plans to make further announcements on the progress of these projects in the new year.