Friday, 25 January 2013
The Ainsdale Sports & Social Club, 772a, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale near Southport has seceured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million 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 Ainsdale Sports & Social Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to assist in upgrading the facilities to its changing rooms, which have helped thousands of local young people get into sport since they were first built in the early 1970’s. The improvements include a new roof, additional changing facilities, new showers, new electrical, plumbing and heating systems, redecoration throughout and the installation of disabled access facilities, thereby enabling all Ainsdale residents to participate in their chosen sport.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for the Ainsdale area.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Merseyside. 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.”
The Ainsdale Club Chairman, Mr. Tony Nicholson, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our changing rooms so as to provide the residents of Ainsdale with the sporting facilities they deserve. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Hadyn Preece said: ‘Ainsdale Club members have been determined, dedicated and progressive in the sourcing of significant funds to enhance the facilities and encourage young people to participate in sport at a whole variety of skill levels. Everyone in Ainsdale should be very proud of the club's achievements."
Local MP, Dr John Pugh, commented: This is good news from a club that is really on the move and has a real standing in the community. Voluntary organisations like Ainsdale Sports Club have a key role in promoting a fitter and happier community and the organisers deserve a huge pat on the back. "
The Ainsdale Sports & Social Club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.
Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working 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.” Reply With Quote Report this post
Posted by iain at Friday, January 25, 2013