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Whalley Range C&LTC Secures £23,870 from Sporting Legacy Fund

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Whalley Range C&LTC Secures £23,870 from Sporting Legacy Fund

Whalley Range Cricket and Tennis Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England revealed on 12 August that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Whalley Range Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club will receive £23,870 of National Lottery Funding to revamp the Men’s changing rooms, restore the Ladies changing room, install disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities, extend the clubhouse, provide ramps for disabled access and provide secure housing for the groundsman’s machinery and equipment. The total cost of the project will be £38,000 and additional funding has been provided by Manchester City Council, NatWest Community Trust and the club itself.

Sport England’s chair Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a  lasting sporting legacy in south Manchester, specifically Whalley Range, Fallowfield and Chorlton.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in and around Manchester who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

Whalley Range C<C Chairman, Mike Hill, added: “We are immensely grateful for this award. The club is improving its facilities every year and growing its membership, but this allows a quantum leap in quality of the sporting experience. We feel we are at last going to be able to provide 21st century facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank all the people and organisations who wrote to support our bid, especially William Hulme School, with whom we have been associated for 120 years and our local councillors, sports development officers at Manchester City Council and the Lancashire Cricket Board.”

The club is planning a celebratory open-day for mid-September.

Whalley Range C<C is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall. Many more communities are now set to benfit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40m of National Lottery funding to invest.

Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilitiesfunding from 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.

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