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3rd April 2017
Darlington Building is supporting the international aspirations of youngsters from Hummersknott Badminton Club.
The money was donated from the Societies community fund to enhance tournament trips by the team to various countries across Europe. The team will be visiting Italy in April and then travelling to Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Poland in July.
The tours will involve a total of 49 players and will develop the players’ cultural understanding of the countries they visit. The Club, which was established 43 years ago, has visited 27 countries so far on international tours, with the purpose of promoting Junior International Friendship through sport.
Philip Boyle, at Hummersknott Badminton Club, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Darlington Building Society for its support. The money will improve the trips considerably and will also help players and their families who may feel financially stretched. Players of all abilities are included and they all agree to carry out an ambassadorial role.”
Richard Smith, Team Captain and student at Lancaster University, said: "The tour provides an invaluable and unique opportunity for international friendships to be forged. The integration with different cultures and people of similar ages is a real eye-opening experience. The contribution and ongoing support from Darlington Building Society has been fantastic, thank you."
James Boyd, Club Director and student at Leicester University added: “The players are extremely excited to embark on their respective tours this year and are very grateful to Darlington Building Society for helping enrich them. The money will go towards, for example, private coach transfers and visits to sites such as the Zagreb Eye, Auschwitz and Salt Mines. We are especially looking forward to visiting Auschwitz as it's a big part of world history and will be an invaluable experience. “
Colin Fyfe, Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to offer this money from our community fund, which, we’re pleased to hear, will help to enrich the players’ cultural awareness and to forge some important relationships.
“Darlington Building Society is committed to helping local good causes and organisations in the areas we work and supporting these life-enhancing international tours is part of that promise.”
In 2017 Darlington Building Society has reinforced its commitment to supporting the areas in which it works with a pledge to share five per cent of net profits after tax with the local community.
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