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Funding available to improve local sports facilities

April 3, 2012

Whilst nearly every community has a local sports clubs - do you know how you might improve or upgrade it? Sport England has funding available to help local groups and organisations do just that and they are targeting Cumbria specifically!

Last year, Sport England launched their Inspired Facilities funding programme which will invest in up to a thousand local community sports clubs across the country. The aim of the funding is to make it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

Following the announcement of the first round of successful projects in January, Sport England is keen to invest in more projects in Cumbria. They have organised two free and informal workshops in May to help explain the programme and how you could apply to upgrade or improve your community sports club or local facilities.

Both workshops will be taking place at Penrith RUFC at Winters Park in Penrith on Wednesday 23rd May. Each workshop is open to representatives from sports clubs and all community and voluntary sector groups and organisations. The first workshop session 'A' will run from 2.00pm and finish at approximately 4.00pm. The evening workshop session 'B', will start at 7pm and finish at approximately 9pm.

A spokesperson from Sport England explains: "We recognise that this is sport at the sharp end - the local clubs which are at the heart of many communities, and which often struggle to attract funding from bodies such as Sport England. So we have designed a funding programme which will reach out to as many clubs as possible, offering relatively small capital grants which will create a big impact on the people who play sport there.

"To maximise the impact of the money, and to make applying for grants as easy as possible for clubs, we have prepared a "Catalogue" of many of the standard facility improvements clubs would like to make if they had funds available. This is one of several steps we've taken to lower the barriers to entry for clubs and lessen the burden on those who are running clubs."

To book on to either of these workshop sessions, please contact Jackie Hayhow at Active Cumbria - The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership on 01228 221360 / - you will need to provide your name, organisation and contact details and confirm which workshop session (A or B) you would like to attend.

Designed to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants or are difficult to maintain and run, the Inspired Facilities programme is a National Lottery investment fund and a key element of the Places People Play programme to deliver a mass participation sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like further information about applying for the Inspired Facilities funding, please contact Bruce Lawson at Active Cumbria - The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership on 01228 221364 /

Find out more on the Inspired Facilities website