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We’re delighted to announce that the Ormskirk St Helens Saints Basketball Club (OSH) is the latest organisation to benefit from funding from The FPC Foundation.

FPC was introduced to the Club by our Investment Director, Mike Lea who is resident Club Manager/Coach. It is a non-profit community organisation which provides sporting opportunities for over 100 players, from the ages 8 to 18, and covers all areas of West Lancashire & Merseyside competing in the National Basketball League (NBL). The club brand has grown, attracting players from a diverse background, including families facing financial hardship, particularly during the pandemic.

The club is funded by player subscriptions and public body/private grants. As a UK indoor sport, the cost of facility hire is prohibitively high and constantly puts pressure on the club’s cash flows. Its success is based on attracting sufficient players to cover operating costs, while any investment in terms of equipment, kit, competition entry and other costs comes from grants.  The pandemic has squeezed its ability to operate further, with player numbers down due to restrictions and self-isolating periods, and onerous Covid-19 processes needing to be undertaken.

With the support of the FPC Foundation, the financial pressure on the club this year has been released to allow it to continue to benefit its members’ physical and mental health. Our funding has covered the cost of facility bookings, new equipment (50 new chairs to allow spacing), new kit for the squads and support for players to participate who may not have the means to do so.

Mike comments “The club provides a vital service to young people in Ormskirk, St Helens and the surrounding area, whether they’re participating purely for fun or striving to compete at a higher level.  During the pandemic, basketball has played a key role in our members physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for those whose families are struggling during the pandemic.  Thanks to the support of The FPC Foundation, we can now focus on what we do best and continue to grow the club and encourage more young people to discover the health, emotional and social benefits of playing basketball.”