Wigan CC Celebrate Funding Award
Wigan Cricket Club is celebrating a major boost having secured Olympic Legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund!
Sport England revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the links to the Games.
Wigan Sports Club, which includes the Cricket Club along with Hockey and Squash Sections, has secured an award of £50,000 for refurbishment of the Club’s changing room facilities. The Sports Club is also contributing over £30,000 to the project.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Greater Manchester from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. With so many clubs in the North West having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”
Club President Tony Littler said: “We’re delighted to have secured Sport England’s support for this vital investment. The club operates around twenty teams across a range of sports; our facilities are also used by district and county sides and many community groups. This investment is essential so we can provide proper facilities for the local community. We want those facilities to be used to the maximum and can assure everyone a warm welcome whether they are the youngest novice or an experienced county-level player. We would particularly like to thank the LCB, Wigan Cricket Development Group, Tim McKiernan of the LCB and other stakeholders for supporting our application.”
Bobby Denning from the Lancashire Cricket Board commented, “I am delighted that the Club has been awarded the grant. Wigan Cricket Club has been a key member of the Wigan Cricket Development Group for some time and with some new volunteers now driving the club forwards, this grant comes at a good time. Both on and off the field, the club has clear plans in place and we look forward to our ongoing working relationship with a prominent club such as Wigan CC.”
Wigan MP and Shadow Children’s Minister, Lisa Nandy said: “This is great news and will give Wigan Sports Club a much needed upgrade. It comes at just the right time, enabling the club to reach more young people at a time when they face huge challenges. This is a well-deserved award and I'm looking forward to visiting in the coming weeks to see first-hand the excellent work they do for the community.”
Wigan Sports Club is one of 310 projects across the England to receive lottery investment from the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of over 1,000 to benefit overall, with the milestone being achieved one year ahead of schedule.