Washingborough Playing Field Association secures £39,000 from Inspired Facilities fund

By NickiBlake on January 30th, 2013 - comments

Washingborough Playing Field Association (PFA) has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

More than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Washingborough PFA will receive £38,615 of National Lottery funding to upgrade their existing all weather multi-use games area (MUGA), which will improve the ability to safely deliver more tennis and netball within the village.

Although the existing MUGA  provides 2 separate areas for a combination of netball, tennis, basketball and 5 a side football, it is not adequate to meet the needs of the very successful and expanding Washingborough Imps Netball Club. The project to secure this money has been led by club member Linzi Waite on behalf of the Washingborough PFA and parish council. Once complete it will provide a much improved facility that will meet the needs of the village and its clubs for years to come.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Lincolnshire from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. With so many clubs in the East Midlands having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Washingborough PFA Chairman, John Copsey, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade our ageing multi-sport, all weather facility to meet the need of the clubs using it and, in particular, our very successful and active netball and tennis clubs. We then hope to develop basketball and 5 a side football in the village over the months and years to come. We expect  the project will be complete by April 2013.”

Washingborough PFA is one of 310 projects across England to receiving lottery investment from the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of over 1,000 to benefit overall, with the milestone being achieved one year ahead of schedule.

Many more communities can still benefit from the fund, with a further two rounds remaining.  Bids will be accepted for the fourth round of Inspired Facilities Funding from the 4 March 2013.  You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.