Two cricket grounds in Lincoln have been awarded a total of £135,000 in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.
The University of Lincoln secured £85,000 to build new changing room facilities at the Sobraon Cricket Ground, off Burton Road, and Hartsholme Cricket Club secured £50,000 to install 21st Century facilities.
Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln said: “It will be wonderful to see cricket played once again in the iconic setting of Sobraon Cricket Ground. This cricket development will enhance our student experience and increase participation across the community.”
The Inspired Facilities Fund makes it easier for local community groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.
Part of Places People Play, a programme run by Sport England, the Fund is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1,000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.
The cricket grounds are among 350 local community sports groups who have been offered funding. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Olympic Games.
Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “It is fantastic that the facilities at these two grounds are going to improve. It will encourage people to take up cricket and they could become stars of the future.”
The third round of Inspired Facilities funding runs from 23rd July 2012 to 17th September 2012. For more information, go to www.sportengland.org