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Over £1m to be injected into Cornish sports facilities

Inspired Facilities for Cornwall

Six months after the Olympic Games commenced, community sports groups across Cornwall are celebrating receiving a share of £16 million of Olympic legacy funding.

12 community sports groups in Cornwall will soon be receiving a total of £580,044 worth of investment into their local project. Combining these grants with additional investment will see a total of £1,234,071 being invested into improving Cornish sports facilities.

The National Lottery investment comes from the Inspired Facilities Fund - part of Sport England's Places People Play Olympic legacy programme, which last week awarded £16.6 million of National Lottery funding to 310 projects nationally, taking the number of local communities supported by Inspired Facilities to more than 1,000 nationally and 26 in Cornwall alone. The investments will bring big improvements to local facilities from new playing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms - and at least £20 million more will be offered through two further funding rounds, the first of which will open on March 4.

Since August 2011, the 26 communities in Cornwall have received a total cash injection of £1,250,000 from the Inspired Facilities legacy funding, contributing to improvement projects worth £2,800,000.

Sport England's Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: "We have had such a fantastic response from sports clubs to Inspired Facilities that we've reached our target of making 1,000 grants a year early. Demand remains strong so will offer a further £20 million of funding over the next 15 months."

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, said: "Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy. The Places People Play programme goes from strength to strength and this £16.6 million investment will improve facilities at local sports club across the country, encouraging participation and giving people more opportunities to get involved in sport."

The investments announced earlier this week will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants and 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.

The funding is supporting a wide range of projects, in Cornwall these include:

  • Penzance Gymnastics Club which has received £50,000 towards a £50,476 project to install a new sprung floor, replace much of the club's ageing equipment, install a foam pit and provide roof insulation.
  • Penryn Rugby Football Club Ltd which has received £50,000 towards a £121,003 project to create a new Learning Zone building. The new building will house a covered entrance, classroom, secure office space, private meeting areas, a crèche and a club shop. The facility will also provide meeting rooms for use by local community and sports clubs.
  • Perran Tennis Club, in Perranporth, which received £49,023 towards a £58,088 project to provide power to the existing clubhouse and the installation of floodlighting to the club's three hard courts; the renovations are envisaged to attract new members and increase visitor usage. 
  • Wadebridge Bowling Club which received £36,689 towards a £41,431 project to build significant extensions to its clubhouse.
  • Launceston Cricket Club which received £50,000 towards a £94,125 project to increase its clubhouse with two further changing rooms for its junior and ladies sections, enlargement of its social area and conversion of its present kitchen to a bar area.  This is the second phase of ongoing development at club.

Bibba Willis, Club Manager and Coach at Penzance Gymnastics Club, commented: "We are thrilled about the news of our grant. It will enable us to significantly improve our facilities and purchase new equipment, which will benefit the whole community. We will be able encourage a wider participation in gymnastics, to include young children, adults and people with disabilities."

Derek Swaby, from Wadebridge Bowling Club, commented: "Wadebridge Bowling Club would like to say a big thanks to Tim Marrion and the team at Cornwall Sports Partnership for the help they gave us with our funding application to Sport England.

"We were fortunate to secure £36,689 from the Inspired Facilities Olympic Legacy Fund. Wadebridge Bowling Club were delighted to have secured this funding, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises with a new men's toilet block and have a new and enlarged kitchen, also upgrading our outside sheds to a new larger shed for all the green machinery and bowls equipment will also add storage."

Philp Spry, Chairman of Launceston Cricket Club, said: "We are delighted to secure this Inspired Facilities grant from Sport England. It will enable us to go ahead with Phase 2 of our pavilion development which will include two additional changing rooms for juniors and ladies, and an enlarged kitchen and social area.

"It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympic Legacy. The success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has made grassroots investment possible".

For a full list of successful projects in Cornwall please contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344.

If your local community sports facility is in need of improvements make sure you submit an application for Inspired Facilities funding; the next round opens on March 4. For further advice and for details of other available funding streams, contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 or click here.