Seaton’s Olympic legacy
PUBLISHED: 14:09 15 May 2012
Seaton Tennis Club has secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135million 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 project aim is to extend its existing clubhouse with male and female changing and shower facilities, a disabled toilet, social facilities and private meeting rooms for both committee and a secured area for indoor coaching and document storage.
Sport England’s chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Seaton. This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in East Devon. 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 chair, Richard Stubbs, said: “We are delighted to secure one of the first Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our coaches. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Local MP, Neil Parish, said: “I would like to congratulate Seaton Tennis Club on becoming part of the great Olympic Legacy 2012 will leave to communities across the country. Sport is not just important for our health but for bringing people together in their community, whether as players themselves or as supporters.”
The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund. The investments announced will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be 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 this 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 opened on February 1, 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.”
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