Grants joy for county groups

More than £700,000 in Olympic and Paralympic legacy funding has been awarded to Derbyshire sports clubs and organisations from Sport England.

Funding offers have been made to Belper Leisure Trust, Brampton Manor Sports Club, SplashFit, Shirebrook Miners Welfare, Glossop and District Golf Club, High Peak Gymnastics Club, Woodlands Tennis Club, Hope Sports Club, Hadfield St Andrews Cricket Club, South Derbyshire District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and Erewash Borough Council following successful applications for National Lottery cash from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The £711,813 total funding for Derbyshire will bring big improvements to local facilities from new playing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms – and at least £20m more will be offered to sports clubs across England through two further funding rounds.

The fund is part of Sport England’s Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme and all improved facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Belper Leisure Trust will receive £50,000 for its Belper Leisure Centre Artificial Pitch Project, which aims to provide a three-quarter sized 3g pitch to replace an old redgra pitch that cannot be used during wet weather.

SplashFit in Derby has been awarded £46,754 to adapt a swimming pool to meet disability requirements, replace a gym floor with a floor suitable for wheelchair use, refurbish and adapt changing rooms, showers and toilets suitable for disability use and provide various equipment to help deliver exercise and fitness sessions.

Woodlands Tennis Club has been awarded £40,980 to install floodlights onto the club’s all weather macadam courts to allow increased usage.

Across England, £16.6m of National Lottery funding has today been awarded to 310 projects, taking the number of clubs and organisations supported by the Inspired Facilities fund so far to more than 1,000.

Bids to the next round of Inspired Facilities will be accepted between March 4 and April 29. Full details of the fund and how to apply can be found at www.sportengland.org/inspired

Inspired Facilities is part of the Places People Play legacy programme. At least 70 per cent of the Inspired Facilities funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining funding is open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.