Wednesday, 24 April 2013

John Paul II Foundation for Sports Supports Guildford Goldhawks

Fr Vlad of John Paul II Foundation and Alex Sarama
St Peter's School, Guildford reports:
Guildford Goldhawks are the latest club to be awarded Sport England – England Basketball Clubmark. The Clubmark award is aimed at junior clubs and indicates that the club provides a safe and open environment for their young participants and do a good job of developing players, coaches, officials and basketball in general.

Club Director, Alex Sarama, said, “Clubmark is a fantastic addition to what has been a great year for us – we have visited Euroleague Club Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland, establishing a link with their junior academy and enjoyed events such as taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

We have increased in membership by over 600% since our inauguration last season, growing from 25 to 176 registered members. We are pleased at the opportunities Clubmark presents, and we will be using it to launch many exciting projects over the next few months. We are very grateful to England Basketball for their support, in particular Bev Guymon who has been instrumental throughout the process.”

Guildford Goldhawks will now receive a Clubmark Incentive Scheme grant of £500 and will also be entitled to further Clubmark Incentive Scheme payments in the future. Part of the club's funding also now comes from the John Paul II Foundation for Sport which was set up in 2010 in the wake of Pope Benedict's visit to UK

The club recently saw the launch of Guildford Goldhawks Basketball Club’s ‘Going for Gold’ Scheme in the St Peter’s Sports Hall. To celebrate both the success of being awarded Clubmark and also to help launch the new scheme a number of distinguished guests were invited. Guests included MP for Guildford, Anne Milton, the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Jennifer Jordan, Mgr. Vladimir Felzmann, CEO of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, Active Surrey Sports Development Manager, Eli Karlicka-Cook, and Andy Rudman, Executive Committee Member of Sport Guildford.

The Club has a close relationship with St Peter’s, and they were also delighted to welcome Headteacher, Robert Guinea, School Sports Coordinator, Laura Boon, and Marketing Manager, Tania Cantoni, to the event.

Our guests then stayed to watch an exhibition match between our U14 Boys & Girls Teams. Alex is a Year 13 student at St Peter’s School and he said “The Club would like to thank St Peter’s for their continued support of Guildford Goldhawks.”

Through the “Going for Gold” scheme the Club hopes to achieve getting 1000 children aged between 8–16 playing Basketball over the next 12 months. St Peter’s is the main Goldhawks Satellite School and Goldhawks coaches run the school teams, helping contribute to the success of the St Peter’s Basketball Programme. For more information please visit

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