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Sports clubs to share £1.6m Sport England funding
GRASS-ROOTS sporting clubs in York, North and East Yorkshire are to benefit from a £1.6 million boost unveiled by Sport England today – to the delight of local enthusiasts.
Local amateur rugby league and indoor bowling will be among 32 sports projects in the region to share £1,653,153 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, from the Olympic and Paralympic legacy pot.
The latest investments will target local facilities, from new playing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms.
Today’s announcement means that 1,361 grassroots sports facilities have now benefited in the two years since Inspired Facilities was launched, with a total of £69.9 million invested.
New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club will receive £50,000 while another £50,000 goes to York Acorn Amateur Rugby League Football Club.
Also benefitting will be Cherry Burton Parish Council who get £39,335 and Marton cum Grafton Community Tennis Courts Association with £49,380. Knaresborough Cricket Club gets £27,000 and Starbeck Tennis Club, £44,897, while Hunmanby Bowling Club is to get £50,000 and Ripon Sailing Club £50,000.
New Earswick will be among those offering free taster session for local community to celebrate the planned upgrade the bowling and community facilities.
The club started life in 1993 as bowls club but over recent years has opened its doors to community groups and is now one of York’s leading providers of inclusive sport and leisure opportunities.
During summer, half of the bowling green is transformed into a 600 square metre sports floor which is used for activities as diverse as boccia, new age curling, badminton and table tennis.
The club is the year round venue for 1st York Boccia Club and together they have coached 11 athletes who will be representing Yorkshire in the National Special Olympics Games to be held in Bath at the end of this month.
Improvements include installing a new lighting system which will reduce long term overheads and replacement of the obsolete heating system with air conditioning.
Club chairman Ray Blogg said: “The improvements will also help provide a sustainable summer income with opportunities to additionally hire out the now comfortable space for wedding receptions, dances, trade fairs, other sporting events and smaller conference facilities.”
Sport England also announced £40million to extend Inspired Facilities Fund to 2017 today.
• New Earswick is planning a quick start to the project within the next week and expects to re-open its doors to bowlers on September 16. Club social activities such as line dancing, keep fit, salsa and zumba and the bar and restaurant will continue as normal.
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