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February 13, 2012
Local community sports groups are being urged to bid for £10 million of Olympic legacy investment to upgrade their facilities with the opening of the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund.
And to help potential applicants, a series of tools are available to help applicants put together the best application possible so they can use the investment to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, expensive to run and difficult to maintain.
350 local community sports groups have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.
The fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play National Lottery-funded legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across England. All 350 facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games.
Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.
"We've had unprecedented demand for this fund, which has really hit the mark with sports clubs. It shows we're offering the sporting legacy that people want."
The investments will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, difficult to maintain and run. Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.
The investments include:
£46,000 to buy a new permanent home for a boxing club in Oxford that was at risk of being closed down
£28,000 to resurface two tennis courts at Windermere Lawn Tennis club, where tree roots had made the existing courts unsafe
£50,000 to replace the roof at Worcester Citizens' Swimming Pool which currently has a number of serious leaks that were threatening its future
£50,000 to upgrade a 35-year-old clubhouse at Great Eccleston cricket club in Preston, including disabled access with changing and toilet facilities.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: "We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the country. This is why as part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme we invited community sports clubs to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities."
The second round of Inspired Facilities is open until 2 April. To find out more and to put in an application, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
Other Awards in Cumbria:
Aspatria Rugby Union Football Club Ltd Replacement of old 1st XV Pitch Floodlights Club £50,000
Windermere Lawn Tennis Club Tennis Court refurbishment Club £28,000
Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Union Football Club Brighter Futures Club £42,090
Silloth Rugby 2007 Floodlights for Silloths Sporting Future Club £35,613
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Community Sports Hall Phase 2 £120,000