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Aquatics gets a boost from Sport England funding

24th January 2013

Sport England has today announced 310 projects across England benefitting from £16.6m of National Lottery funding in the third round of their Inspired Facilities Olympic legacy fund.

This announcement falls six months since Britain basked in the glory of the London Olympic Games, showing that the Games is improving sport in communities, clubs and schools, and building a real legacy from the grassroots level.

£598,030 has been allocated to aquatics across England and the investments will bring big improvements to local communities, from new pools and better changing facilities to improved disabled access.

Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy.

Sedbergh School in Cumbria have received £150,000 in funding to improve their swimming facilities, including performance analysis equipment and early morning training sessions and Highworth Recreation Centre in Swindon have been awarded £50,000 to enhance their swimming facilities and changing rooms.

Canterbury Sea Cadets are due to receive £50,000 for a new building which will include changing rooms, showers, classrooms, a meeting room and a kitchen. Dave Sharpe, Commanding Officer said, “The Sea Cadets do swimming and water safety and also canoeing, sailing, rowing and wind surfing. We don’t take anyone out onto the water who can’t swim. We have been trying to get a new facility built for over two years, we have fundraised an awful lot and this grant is the finishing touch. Work will be starting on the building in early April.”

SplashFit in Derby have been awarded £46,754 to adapt a swimming pool to meet disability requirements and adapt changing rooms, showers and toilets suitable for disability use. SplashFit is one of 15 sports clubs in Derbyshire to benefit from £700,000 in legacy funding.

Stamford Bridge Community pool will get a boost of £50,000 to modernise and develop their facilities. The pool provides swimming lessons for the children at Stamford Bridge Primary School, as well as public swimming sessions, private hire and private swim schools. The facility is managed by a team of volunteers, and supported entirely by fundraising and pool hire.

Other swimming facilities set to receive between £40,000 and £70,000 each include Birmingham LGBT, Burnley Council Sport and Play Development, Calday Grange Swimming Pool Trust, Greystoke and District Sports Association and Keswick Rugby Club.

Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “We have had such a fantastic response from sports clubs to Inspired Facilities that we’ve reached our target of making 1,000 grants a year early. Demand remains strong so we will offer a further £20 million of funding over the next 15 months.”

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, said: “Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy. The £16.6 million investment will improve facilities at local sports club across the country, encouraging participation and giving people more opportunities to get involved in sport.”

At least £20 million more will be offered through two further funding rounds. Bids to the next round of Inspired Facilities will be accepted between 4th March and 29th April 2013. Full details of the fund and how to apply can be found at www.sportengland.org/inspired.

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