Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 12.40.20LOCAL sports clubs across North East England are in with a chance of receiving a cash boost as Miller Homes launches its popular Summer of Sport campaign for the fourth consecutive year.

Following on from the success of the initiative during the past three years, the leading house builder will once again be inviting local sports clubs to take part in a competition which could see them win £500 or, for the first time, pick up a top prize of £1,000.

To take part, entrants have to say in no more than 200 words why their sports club is worthy of winning, how the money will benefit the club and what it will be spent on.

Andrew Somerville, Miller Homes North East’s regional sales manager, said: “Over the last few years we’ve been delighted with the success of our Summer of Sport competition and particularly the impact receiving the prize money has had on the winning clubs.

“We have been really impressed with the diversity and standard of entries from those clubs who’ve taken part previously.  As a result we will be extending our support this year for those in our communities who are providing opportunities for sport, education and development by awarding an overall prize of £1,000 to one of our six regional winners.

“We strongly encourage anyone with an affiliation to a sports team or club to have a go, and wish all entrants the very best of luck.”

Competition judges will assess the entries on a variety of factors, including how the money will be used and how it will directly support the development and fitness of its members.

Last year saw Greencroft Netball Club scoop the regional prize in the North East of England. Linda Tyman, chair of Greencroft Netball Club, added: “As a club we would like to thank Miller Homes for its Summer of Sport competition. Since one of our players Rose Biggs, 12, won the competition last year her one wish was to have Greencroft Netball socks for herself and her team mates. We have 92 affiliated players and they now all have a professional pair of socks for match play, this has given the club its own identity and we will always remember where the socks originated from.

“I would urge all sports clubs in the region to get their completed nomination form in as you never know, you may just walk away with some much needed funding.”

Details of the initiative will be distributed at a local level among sports clubs and associations; however community leaders and club managers can also pick up an entry form at any one of Miller Homes’ marketing suites across the country. To find your nearest Miller Homes development, please visit the Miller Homes website ( Closing date for entries is Wednesday 31st August 2015, giving applicants plenty of time to prepare a winning application. Terms and conditions apply.

Miller Homes operates in the following six regional areas: Scotland, North West of England, North East of England, Yorkshire, The Midlands, and Southern. Its North East developments are Bishops Park and Park View both in Gateshead, Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval, Wensleydale Park and Portland Wyndboth in Blyth, The Meadows in Framwellgate Moor, Clairville Grange in Middlesbrough, Wheatlands Chase in Redcar and St Mary’s Green and Acklam Woods both in Acklam.