How will the London 2012 Legacy Plan affect my club?

7th October 2011

In November 2010, Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson MP announced plans for a £135m mass participation legacy initiative from London 2012.

The Legacy Plan was split into three primary programmes called Places, People and Play to define the proposed destination of Legacy funding.

While the ‘People’ and ‘Play’ programmes are targeted at increasing participation, it is the ‘Places’ programme which directly involves funding for swimming clubs and pool operators.

The programme is split into three funding streams with an estimated £10m for Protecting playing fields (not relevant for aquatic sports), £50m for Inspired facilities and £30m for Iconic facilities.

Iconic Facilities

Sport England's Iconic Facilities fund draws on the inspirational pull of London 2012 to create local beacons for grassroots sport.

Sport England are investing £30m over the next three years in innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facilities' projects that are regionally significant for at least two sports and can demonstrate long-term financial viability.

Obviously as this is specifically directed at building development applicants will normally come from local authorities, schools and those National Governing body clubs that own large facilities.

Inspired Facilities

Inspired Facilities will invest in refurbishing or improving existing sports facilities and converting existing venues into places suitable for playing sport.

These are local projects developed and delivered predominantly by community and voluntary sector groups.

Any organisation entitled to receive public funding can apply. This includes voluntary or community organisations, sports clubs, town and parish councils, playing field associations, schools and education establishments and local authorities.

The ASA have created a succinct guide to Sport England’s funding criteria and which club projects may be best suited in applying for funding.

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