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May 3, 2014
Carlisle Subscription Bowling Club is among 324 local sports projects to secure a share of £17 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.
Subscription Bowling Club, which is the oldest bowling club in Carlisle, will receive £49,714 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at their bower, with the provision of new toilets and updated changing facilities. These changes will also include full access for disabled persons. The club hopes that the upgraded facilities will coax more people of all ages to take part in bowling.
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.
“It’s great to see Carlisle Subscription Bowling Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”
Club President Rick Gallagher said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises, making the game of bowls accessible to all.”
Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £20 million to help upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to manage.