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Stoolball England is celebrating after being awarded £7590 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to develop a new coaching workforce.

The grant will allow Stoolball England to train eight new coaching tutors who will develop and promote stoolball to schools, clubs and the wider community across Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and beyond. Stoolball England will be able to offer coaching courses to stoolball clubs, schools, community groups and accreditation courses for sports and activity deliverers.

Stoolball coach handing a ball to a teenage girl

Stoolball England is the national governing body for stoolball in England working to promote and develop stoolball to everyone. Stoolball England also wants to see stoolball played to a high standard with a consistent interpretation of the rules, increasing the strength of the sport in the South East and expanding its reach to other regions of the country.

We are so pleased to have been awarded this funding. It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get this programme off the ground and now we call on all coaches and sports leaders to get on board to help take it forward. Stoolball is a unique sport with dedicated players and we can now celebrate that by building a professional coaching workforce. I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who plays the national lottery, we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

Kelvin Speirs, Stoolball England chairman

Are you interested in becoming an accredited Stoolball England Leader through their lottery-funded coaching programme? You will gain the skills to deliver and develop stoolball in schools, clubs and the wider community. To get involved, contact