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Wednesfield Judo club clinches cop’s cash

A Judo club in Wednesfield have been given a great start to 2011 after being awarded a cheque from a West Midlands Police Fund.

A Judo club in Wednesfield have been given a great start to 2011 after being awarded a cheque from a West Midlands Police Fund.

Wolverhampton Judo Club in Duke Street, Wednesfield were handed a cheque for £1,500 after their application to the Police Property Fund Act was successful.

The Police Property Act Fund is made up from funds that have been raised through the sale of property that has been in police possession for over 12 months, where the owner cannot be found. Recipient organisations are usually local charities and community groups.

The cheque was presented by Chief Inspector Joanne Chilton from Wolverhampton Police on Tuesday 4 January.

The money has been put towards installing a new heating system after the previous system broke down.

Mac Abbotts, chair of Wolverhampton Judo club, said: “When I heard that we had been awarded the money I thought it was brilliant news because it meant that we could get the heating system installed straight away.

“Last winter was horrendous and we actually started losing members because the building was so cold.

“My wife does the cleaning at the club and she normally has to wear a hat and gloves, when she did it today she was sweating!”

Chief Inspector Joanne Chilton, said: “I am delighted to present this cheque on behalf of West Midlands Police. This money will help Wolverhampton Judo Club continue the good work they are doing in engaging local people in sport by providing a safe and warm environment for them to train in.”

Picture: Chief Inspector Joanne Chilton from Wolverhampton Police presents Mac Abbotts, chair of Wolverhampton Judo club, with funds to improve the heating at their training facilities.

Source: West Midlands Police

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