Grassroots sports clubs across the North-East and North Yorkshire benefit from Olympic legacy funding (From The Northern Echo)
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Grassroots sports clubs across the North-East and North Yorkshire benefit from Olympic legacy funding
More than 30 grassroots sports projects from the North-East and North Yorkshire have won a share of almost £2m of grants to extend the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.
Equestrian, gymnastics, judo, golf and cricket are some of the sports to benefit from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund designed to improve venues and ensure future generations can benefit from sport.
Among the projects celebrating is Darlington Gymnastics Club, based in Weir Street, which has been awarded £50,000 to help create a new headquarters in a shared facility with wheeled sports group, 4 Motion.
The organisations joined together earlier this year to take over a former warehouse to create a sports hub for young people.
It will allow the gymnastics club to create a facility that will allow young gymnasts to train in professional surroundings.
Helen Rondo, from the gymnastics club, said: “This funding basically secures the future of the building and the club. We didn’t know until recently that we had the funding so we were making much smaller plans just in case, but now we know we can do the whole job in one go.
“It’s fabulous that we’ve got that kind of official recognition of our project.”
Sedgefield Squash Club was awarded £50,000, which will go towards building a third court at its clubhouse in Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield.
The project is likely to cost more than £100,000 and club chairman, Mick Carr, said the grant was crucial.
"The extra court will help us to meet the demand and also introduce new coaching sessions to encourage more children to take up sport.”
One of the biggest awards went to St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Bishop Auckland which was awarded £150,000.
Other organisations to benefit are: Randolph Social Welfare Centre, High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland (£49,780); Tees Valley Target Sports Club (£49,980); Billingham Golf Club (£50,000); Yorkshire Subterranean Society (£20,000); Knaresborough Cricket Club (£27,000) and Southlands Judo Club, Middlesbrough (£48,000); Asbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland (£49,250); Murton Equestrian Centre (£35,500; Tynemouth Sailing Club (£50,000) and Tynemouth Golf Club (£44,600)
Meanwhile, South Durham Gymnastics Club secured £47,771 together with Ripon Sailing Club (£50,000); Hartlepool and District Indoor Bowls Club (£49,300); Sedgefield Cricket Club (£31,600); Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club, Chester-le-Street (£50,000); Normanby Hall Cricket Club (£30,193); South Moor Golf Club at Craghead, near Stanley (£48,288); Ryton Cricket Club (£49,000); North Benwell Boxing Club (£49,988); Boldon Cricket and Squash Club (£48,400) and Starbeck Tennis Club, near Harrogate (£44,897).
Bids for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding will be accepted from October 21. For more details visit sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities
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