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Help shape the Inspired facilities strand of the Places People Play London 2012 legacy

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Places People Play

In November 2010, we announced the Places People Play programme which will be delivered by Sport England and the Government, in partnership with the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games[

Places People Play will bring the 2012 Games to life in local communities across the country. We want to ensure that the spirit, excitement and emotion of the Olympics and Paralympics have an impact long after the Games leave this country, ensuring that a sporting culture and infrastructure is left for future generations to enjoy.

The £135 million initiative has been made possible by the Government's National Lottery reforms, which are bringing additional funding into grassroots sport. We want to ensure that this funding reaches local communities and groups who haven't previously benefitted from this kind of support.

The Places strand will transform the places where people play sport, making the benefits of London 2012 visible in cities, towns and villages across the country by modernising up to a thousand local community sports clubs through our Inspired Facilities programme.

We recognise that this is sport at the sharp end - the local clubs which are at the heart of many communities, and which often struggle to attract funding from bodies such as Sport England.

We want to design a funding programme which will reach out to as many clubs as possible, offering relatively small capital grants which will create a big impact on the people who play sport there. Modernised or extended changing facilities or sports lighting for example, can make a major difference to small clubs, both in their ability to attract new participants and retain their existing support.

To maximise the impact of the money we have, and to make applying for grants as easy as possible for clubs, we intend to prepare a "catalogue" of many of the standard facility improvements clubs would like to make if they had funds available, and we will enter into framework arrangements with suppliers to ensure that we can benefit from economies of scale. In removing the need from clubs to procure suppliers, we believe that this will lower the barriers to entry for clubs, lessen the burden on those who are running clubs and enable us to reach outside of traditional heartlands, getting to those areas where the need is greatest.

Given the importance of clubs to sport at community level, and the impact we believe we can make right across the country with this investment, we are proposing to make up to a thousand grants available of between £20,000 -£150,000.

Your help is sought in identifying the facility developments community sports clubs need.

Please take a few minutes to complete Sport England's online questionnaire and help shape this funding programe, by clicking here