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Sport England Newsletter 'The Pitch' - Issued November 2011

Sport England Creating sporting opportunities in every community

the latest from the pitch Nov 2011

Sport England | Creating sporting opportunities in every community

£3 million 2012 legacy investment for West Midlands sports facilities

Two stunning community sports facilities are to be created in Worcester and Telford after receiving £3 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Olympic legacy fund.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, joined Sport England to make the announcement during an event at the University of Worcester.

“From sporting beginners to experts, everyone in the Telford and Worcester areas can now look forward to playing sport in world-class facilities,” said Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive.
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The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt (right) and Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, present Professor David Green of the University of Worcester with a £1.5 million award from Sport England's Iconic Facilities fund

  

“This is an inspirational legacy that will improve lives in these communities for generations after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme, Iconic Facilities is bringing state-of-the-art sports facilities to communities across England.

“This £3 million investment will transform community sport in Worcester and Telford, helping to create a lasting sporting legacy from London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Jeremy Hunt, who was visiting the region as part of his nationwide ‘2012 tour’. “Sport England’s Places People Play programme is a fantastic programme, bringing the magic of a home Olympic Games into communities across the country.”

The University of Worcester has received £1.5 million to transform a derelict site into the Worcester Community Sports Arena, which will offer:

A new 12-court sports hall that will be a thriving sports hub for students, the local community and sports governing bodies
A welcoming home for local sports clubs in basketball, netball, badminton, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and blind football
A centre of excellence for disability sport.
“The Worcester Arena will provide outstanding new opportunities to engage in sport,” said Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester. “Inclusive by design, we hope it will become ‘home from home’ for many athletes with a mobility impairment. We are delighted that Sport England has chosen to make this coveted £1.5 million Iconic Facilities award to the Worcester Arena. The University will ensure that this funding and facility is imaginatively used to promote sport, inclusion and education.”

Dawley Sports and Learning Community will also receive £1.5 million to help bring to life Telford and Wrekin Council’s vision for:

A new eight-court sports hall, health and fitness suite and national standard BMX outdoor track
A new artificial grass pitch and high-quality grass sports pitches
A major regional base for cycling, rugby league and table tennis
Co-location of sport with education and health services and improved school and club links.
Councillor Arnold England, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing, welcomed the funding from Sport England. “I am delighted at the news that Telford & Wrekin Council will be receiving this money and it is a real boost for our plans for the Dawley Learning Community,” he said. “It will mean that we can create fabulous sporting facilities at the new site for use by both school pupils and the local community.”

Sport England is currently inviting bids to the second £10 million funding round of Iconic Facilities, which will support multi-sport facilities that help increase participation and deliver a sustainable sporting legacy beyond 2012.

“This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games,” said Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair. “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.”

“We hope that lots of people will be inspired to take up sport by ParalympicsGB’s performance next year,” said Tim Hollingsworth, British Paralympic Association CEO. “Facilities such as these will be a vital way of meeting that demand.”

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.

Find out more about Iconic Facilities and how to apply.

 

Boxing club is first to benefit from sporting legacy fund

Moss Side Boxing & Athletics Association in Manchester has become the first project to benefit from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, which has proved hugely popular with community sports groups, attracting over six hundred first round applications.
Part of the £135 million Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme, Inspired Facilities will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, and are difficult to maintain and run.
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Knock-out success: The Inspired Facililties
funding programme has been hugely
 successful and generated
unprecedented demand

  

Attending an event at the Moss Side boxing club, Sport England Chair Richard Lewis handed over a cheque for £41,355.

“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better,” he said. “This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs. It shows we’re offering the sporting legacy that people want and that our work to simplify the application process has paid off.”

The club, which has helped thousands of local people get into sport since it opened its doors in 1981, will use the National Lottery investment to upgrade facilities at the gym.

“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 boxing coaches,” said Maurice Core, Head Coach and club Chair. “It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympic legacy.”

A further 631 sports groups will find out before Christmas whether their Inspired Facilities bid has been successful, while another 2,000 applications have been created by organisations looking to apply in the four remaining funding rounds.

Responding to the unprecedented demand, Sport England will make up to £7 million of additional awards in the first round, taking the total investment to £17 millio[1]n.*

"We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the country,” said Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics. “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. I am delighted that the Moss Side Boxing & Athletics Association is the first to benefit from this funding and hope it goes from strength to strength in the future.”

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 a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games,” said Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair. “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.”

Find out more about the Inspired Facilities fund

Footnote
* £5 million of the additional funding will be brought forward from subsequent funding rounds, but Sport England will consider adding to the total budget for Inspired Facilities should demand remain high in the four remaining funding rounds. The remaining £2.3 million will be additional Exchequer funding for this programme.
 
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