Bexleyheath Sports Club receives legacy funding

Visit to Bexleyheath Sports Club, 14 September 2012
Visit to Bexleyheath Sports Club, 14 September 2012
A sports club in Welling has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Bexleyheath Sports Club will receive £38,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the car parking facilities at the club, which has helped thousands of local young people get into sport (cricket, tennis, hockey and road running since it was founded in 1870. The improvements include new drainage, resurfacing and marked car parking spaces.

To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to a free taster session in cricket at 5pm on 14th August to try out the sport. Please contact m.parnham970@btinternet.com to register.

Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Welling and Bexleyheath.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the South East who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

Club Chairman, Tony Barker, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our car parking facilities to match the quality of our sports coaches and managers. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, said “”I am pleased that Bexleyheath Sports Club will receive this funding and I congratulate them on their successful application. I know from having visited them that they provide important facilities and a variety of activities. It is vital that clubs like this continue to benefit from the Olympic legacy.”

Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: http://www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.

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