Queen Mary Sailing Club has secured £44,439 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.
The funding will enable Queen Mary Sailing Club to refurbish and modernise the existing clubhouse to make the facility more accessible to both members of the sailing club and the local community.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Spelthorne.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Surrey. 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.”
Club Secretary Catherine Rawson said “We are delighted to have won in Inspired Facilities Grant which will help us to enhance the clubhouse and provide a much more pleasant environment to club members and visitors alike. The smarter premises will allow is to earn more income from the hire of the building during the week when club members are not on site, and ensure that we keep membership fees affordable”
Local MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “With the Olympic and Paralympic Games just around the corner, this investment is terrific news for Spelthorne. It not only adds to the growing sense of anticipation ahead of this summer but will leave a lasting sporting legacy locally. Both Queen Mary Sailing and Staines Swimming Clubs are pillars in the community and have enjoyed great successes in the past. This funding can help inspire participation and achievement for years to come.”
The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through theInspired Facilities Fund.
The investments announced today will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, difficult to maintain and run. Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the country. This is why as part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme we invited community sports clubs to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities.”
Inspired Facilities has been designed to be as simple and accessible as possible for potential applicants, with a shorter form and a catalogue of ready-made options to choose from. This is the first of five funding rounds of Inspired Facilities; the second round opens on 1 February 2012, offering hundreds more local groups the chance to bid for a further £10 million of funding.
Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England. We are 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) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.
LOCOG Chair, Seb 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.”
The announcement was welcomed by the Local Government Association. Cllr Chris White, Chair of its Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “In spite of budget pressures, councils are striving to keep supporting local sports clubs and want to work with them in creating a lasting and meaningful Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This much-needed funding will hopefully act as a catalyst to further strengthen local partnerships between councils and sports clubs and get more people playing sport.”
Notes to Editors
For more details about the project, please contact Catherine Rawson 01784 24881
Inspired Facilities is part of the Places People Playlegacy programme. At least £52 million will be invested through Inspired Facilities. Responding to unprecedented demand, Sport England has made over £7 million of additional awards in the first round of investment decisions, taking the total to over £17 million. There will be four more funding rounds as part of Inspired Facilities, with the second round opened on 1 February 2012.
At least £35 million of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining funding will be open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.
To make sure the technical elements of the application process don’t put off groups with good projects, Sport England has created a catalogue of typical facilities developments and improvements, based on what sports clubs have told us they need.