This means huge things for HugoFox.com’s sponsored U13’s team, with the money being used to refurbish the local pavilion which has facilitated both cricket and football training over the last sixty years.
Indeed, with Grayshott’s Cricket Club having celebrated its 115 year anniversary last season and the Football Club soon recognising their centenary, a new and improved pavilion is the perfect way to commemorate the community’s long sporting history.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the benefits of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities nationwide, with 350 local community sports groups having already been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said:
“This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Grayshott. This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in East Hampshire. 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.”
Katie Weir of Grayshott Parish Council commented: “We are delighted to secure the first Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our coaches. The enhanced facility will enable us to grow the number of players in both Clubs which will be a fitting legacy of the 2012 Games.”
Local MP, Damian Hinds, added: “I am delighted that Grayshott is to benefit from the opportunities for British sport generated by the Olympics and Paralympics. It is so welcome to see this kind of positive encouragement to develop sports facilities locally and I am confident the Inspired Facilities funding will enable the creation and enhancement of sporting facilities that really do inspire more local people to take part and excel in sport.”
The investment into Grayshott’s training venue will breathe new life into tired facilities which have proved 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, all of which will make a big difference to youth and adult amateur sports across the UK.
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 1 February 2012, 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.
For more information, contact Mrs Katie Weir on 01428 606510.