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Published: 17 September 2014

Team Surrey boosted by new equipment

Team Surrey has been given a boost by the Annual Fund, as the Sailing, Canoe, Triathlon and Cheerleading Clubs have been given grants to upgrade their equipment.

The Surrey Angels, Team Surrey’s Cheerleading Club, were in desperate need of new mats, previously owning only two mats, one of which was over 14 years old.

Cheerleading is a very dangerous sport for young women; over two-thirds of grievous injuries reported by women come from cheerleading and the lack of mats was a safety hazard.

The Surrey Angels were generously granted £6,750 by the Annual Fund to buy a full set of nine mats, enabling them to prepare for championships and Varsity events.

Surrey Angels’ president Heather Lapp said: “Last season, we were more successful than ever before - we won both the Southern Regional Championships and the Future Cheer University Championships.

"We hope to continue our success with the new mats for many years to come!”

Surrey rowers are now more competitive following the purchase of a second-hand Olympic class boat, to which the Annual Fund contributed £9,000.

The Boat club is now one of the largest sports clubs in the university growing from 30 to 70 members over the last few years.

The increase in the number of people wanting to learn to row means the club needed more boats to give people the opportunity to take part. The new boat, for four rowers, has been used across a number of major competitions with some sterling performances.

Alastair Douglass, Senior and Intermediate Men’s Captain, said: “The new four is a great boat to row in; it’s a really nice shell and feels very fast too.

"It has made a big difference to be able to race in a boat similar or better than those owned by the competition.”

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