AN Eastbourne group, Misfits Barbell Club, is calling for final pledges and rewards from businesses as the climax of its recent Crowdfunder campaign nears.

Established in Eastbourne in 2017, the not-for-profit community club has made a significant impact in its locality.

Members of all ages, abilities and genders turn up for the twice-weekly resistance training sessions to benefit from the tuition and guidance on offer from the club’s highly-trained and award-winning team of coaches.

As the club finds its roots in a brand-new, permanent facility, Head Coach Adrian Bradbury recently established a Crowdfunder campaign to purchase equipment to facilitate its growth.

This growth will not only benefit a growing number of active members but will also see the development of activities with junior and teenage athletes, youth in schools and workshops for the unemployed through East Sussex Council projects.

Sport England has offered significant match-funding for the campaign, tipping it to more than 80 per cent of its target.

Now, the club is reaching out to both potential business and individual backers to make final pledges and rewards to ensure success before the campaign ends on the 10th September.

The real point of difference with Misfits Barbell Club lies within its unique ‘open door’ policy, which maintains that strength and fitness coaching should be available for everyone.

Experienced fitness enthusiasts mix with individuals fighting obesity, mental health issues, unemployment, social exclusion, physical rehabilitation and many more besides.

The result of which has seen the club rise as a strong, fun, informative and inspirational community-based sports organisation since its launch, just three years ago.

If the Crowdfunder campaign reaches its £8K target, Misfits Barbell Club will invest every penny into a range of specialist resistance equipment.

This will allow the club to invite a greater and more diverse number of ‘Misfits’ into their own pathway of personal and physical development in a new, private clubhouse space.

Misfits Barbell Club Founder and Head Coach, Adrian Bradbury, said: “Strength is for everyone. We run Misfit Barbell Club for the local community in and around Eastbourne as a non-profit sports club for all ages and abilities.

“The COVID 19 pandemic has left an uncertain landscape for the club in the gyms and studios that we’ve previously rented, so we started the fund to create a healthier future with the specialist equipment we need to develop barbell related fitness.

“The funding is critical to the future of the club, the many benefits to members, old and new; not to mention the friendships born in our community.”

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