£50 million legacy boost for sports facilities
The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, joined Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, to launch the Inspired Facilities fund.
This funding scheme is designed to be simple and accessible, ideal for community groups and sports clubs who may not have received public funding before. Tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, are possibly where investment will be available putting these clubs right back at the heart of their local communities. Money will also be available to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.
“I hope many of the groups who benefit from Inspired Facilities will be receiving Lottery funding for the first time, said Jennie Price. “We have worked hard to simplify the application process, with a shorter form and a catalogue of ready-made options to choose from.
“We want people all over the country to be able to look back on 2012 as the year when their local sports facilities got better, as well as the year the Games came to London.”
“This £50 million fund is a huge boost to community sport. It will transform local sports facilities up and down the country and leave a lasting legacy from London 2012 at a local level,” said Hugh Robertson MP.
Typical investments might be:
- A sprung floor that converts an unused hall into a local multi-sport facility
- New changing rooms, so away teams no longer need to change in the car park
- New floodlights that mean a facility can be used for many more hours of the day.
- To help to make applying easier, a catalogue of typical facilities developments and improvements has been created, based on what sports clubs have told us they need. And for those whose applications are successful, they can take advantage of a group of pre-appointed contractors without the need for a lengthy procurement process.
Find out more about the programme on dedicated Inspired Facilities website: http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org/.