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July 20, 2012
This week Sport England announced that 377 community sports projects have been successful in securing a total investment of £19.4 million through our Inspired Facilities Olympic legacy fund.
The National Lottery funding will help clubs in every corner of the country to make improvements to their sporting facilities that will ensure they can retain current users and attract new people to get involved in sport.
The projects awarded funding include a 150-year-old rowing club that will expand its Victorian clubhouse, a volunteer-run swimming pool that can now be re-roofed and a multi-sport club needing to rebuild a clubhouse that was destroyed by fire last year.
Inspired Facilities is part of Sport England’s Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme and all the facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.
Responding to strong demand from community sports projects, the budget for the latest round of Inspired Facilities was doubled – an increase made possible by an increase of £15 million to Sport England’s Olympic legacy programme thanks to strong sales of lottery tickets.
Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “There’s a lot to celebrate as we welcome the world’s greatest athletes to London, but what happens to our local sports facilities in 2012 is just as important. The £19m investment we’re announcing today means people in every part of England will see improved sports facilities on their own doorsteps.”
Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said: “Hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gives us an opportunity to put sport in the spotlight and encourage more people to participate. That’s exactly what Places People Play is about. It’s already having a positive impact on grassroots sport in communities up and down the country and the additional £15 million will spread that further, helping to leave a real sports legacy long after the Games.”
In addition to the investment announced this week, sports playing fields and facilities across the country had already received almost £50 million through Sport England’s legacy programme. As well as these investments, over 80,000 young people have got into sport through Sportivate, over 18,000 people have been inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics to become a Sport Maker and more than 100,000 have signed up to do a sporting challenge for charity through Gold Challenge.
Olympic great Sir Steve Redgrave said: “Already this legacy programme has brought sporting opportunities to every corner of the country.
“So wherever you live you too can be part of it, whether that’s making sport happen in your neighbourhood as a Sport Maker or getting out there and enjoying sport at decent local facilities.”