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Ainsdale Sports & Social Club secures £50,000 from Sporting Legacy Fund

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An artist's impression of Ainsdale's new facility An artist's impression of Ainsdale's new facility

Ainsdale Sports Club, which includes Ainsdale CC, has secured a £50,000 grant from the Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The money will enable the club to embark on a major programme of work to improve its facilities, including refurbished changing rooms and the construction of a new roof. There will also be new showers, new electrical, plumbing and heating systems, redecoration throughout and the installation of disabled access facilities at Liverpool Road.

Welcoming the award of the grant, Ainsdale's club chairman Tony Nicholson, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our changing rooms so as to provide the residents of Ainsdale with the sporting facilities they deserve."

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme which followed last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, thus celebrating the link to the Games.

“This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for the Ainsdale area," said the Chair of Sport England Richard Lewis.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs on Merseyside," he added. "It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

The news was also welcomed by local politicians. Southport MP John Pugh said: This is good news from a club that is really on the move and has a real standing in the community. Voluntary organisations like Ainsdale Sports Club have a key role in promoting a fitter and happier community and the organisers deserve a huge pat on the back."

Liberal Democrat Councillor Hadyn Preece added: "Ainsdale Club members have been determined, dedicated and progressive in sourcing significant funds to enhance their facilities and encourage young people to participate in sport at a whole variety of skill levels. Everyone in Ainsdale should be very proud of the club's achievements."

Sport England has also launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups upgrade their facilities. Club officials interested in finding out more should visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

LOCOG Chair, Lord Coe, said: “This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games.  It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport.”

Paul Bryson of the Lancashire Cricket Board added: "It's great to see Ainsdale CC secure this funding which will enable them to develop their changing facilities, hopefully this will inspire the club to greater things both on and off the field."

Written by: Paul Edwards

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