Hundreds of grassroots sports clubs share in £16.6 million Olympic legacy boost

By NickiBlake on January 24th, 2013 - comments

£16.6 million of National Lottery funding has today been awarded to 310 projects, taking the number of local communities supported by Inspired Facilities to more than 1,000 – one year ahead of schedule.

The investments will bring big improvements to local facilities from new playing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms – and at least £20 million more will be offered through two further funding rounds.

The fund is part of Sport England’s Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme and all improved facilities carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Projects in Lincolnshire are:

  • £24,768 to Mareham Bowls Club, a Community Amateur Sports Club, based near Boston in Lincolnshire. The project aims to complete the construction of a new bowls green following the sale of the previous bowls site by the Parish Council in order to fund a new village hall. The completion of the new bowls green will provide continuation for the club and enable membership to be both sustained and increased.
  • £49,599 to Horncastle and District Tennis Club. The project aims to construct a new clubhouse with social facilities, toilets, changing, store and treatment rooms. It will include an outside seating area and fencing.
  • £46,338 to Washingborough Parish Council. Resurfacing MUGA and replacing fencing and net posts/goals.
  • £50,000 to Lincoln Rugby Football Club. The project aims to increase capacity and playing opportunities through the provision of floodlighting on the 1st XV pitch and for training lights on the 2nd XV pitch. Both the club and the University will use the new facility.

Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “We have had such a fantastic response from sports clubs to Inspired Facilities that we’ve reached our target of making 1,000 grants a year early. Demand remains strong so will offer a further £20 million of funding over the next 15 months.”

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, said: “Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy. The Places People Play programme goes from strength to strength and this £16.6 million investment will improve facilities at local sports club across the country, encouraging participation and giving people more opportunities to get involved in sport.”

Six months on from the start of the Olympics, today’s milestone is further evidence of the steps being taken to build on the momentum of 2012:

  • Last week Sport England launched a new £40 million fund to help local sports projects
  • Last month £493 million was committed to 46 sports over the next four years
  • 15.5 million people are now playing sport every week, more than ever before.

Bids to the next round of Inspired Facilities will be accepted between 4th March and 29th April 2013. Full details of the fund and how to apply can be found at


Inspired Facilities

 Inspired Facilities is part of the Places People Play legacy programme. At least 70% of the Inspired Facilities funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining funding is open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.