The recall was issued by members of the Leighton, Linslade and District Sports Council which receives modest annual funding from the city council.
The Sports Council currently has representatives from around 17 different sports involving over 3,000 people, with affiliate members generally meeting four times a year to consider grant applications and other activities.
The Sports Council, a grassroots organization that helps a wide range of sports activities grow, grow and flourish, traditionally provides small grants for equipment, training and other sporting needs .
In its latest round of grants, the board awarded:
> Leighton Town Youth Football Club £360 for five people to achieve Tier 1 coaching status;
> Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club £450 for Foundation Safety and Rescue training.
The Sports Council Co-Chairs, Leighton Rugby Club Chairman Gordon Fletcher and Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club Manager Cyd Smith have been the driving force behind the organization for many years and encourage new sports organizations to affiliate.
Gordon said: “Although we have limited funds, we can ‘make a difference’ with grants of up to half the cost of providing equipment and improving training standards.
Cyd adds, “There is immense satisfaction in helping our community’s sporting activities flourish, and our doors remain open to become affiliated with the Sports Council for financial support. We would be very happy if currently unaffiliated sports clubs would get involved to help them with their volunteer work in these difficult times.
Sports currently affiliated with the council include athletics, badminton, table tennis, canoeing, cricket, croquet, football, golf, hockey, cycling, rugby, swimming and tennis.