Grange Park Sports Club has secured £50,000 of 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.
This funding will enable Grange Park Sports Club to extend the club house to provide increased facilities to support an increase in demand. The demand has been created by organic growth within the member clubs (Rugby and Cricket) and the addition of two new sports football and karate which will double the number of users on a weekly basis.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Wetherby.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Leeds. 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.”
Roger Stocker, Grange Park Chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. This will enable us to refurbish our clubhouse and extend and improve our changing rooms. It gives a fantastic opportunity for more young people to take part in sports in our area. In addition to our expanding rugby, cricket, football and karate clubs, we will be inviting other sports to share our excellent facilities”.
Local MP, Alec Shelbrooke, said: “Wetherby really is making the most of Olympic and Paralympic opportunities. We have the Olympic Torch coming through the town on Tuesday 19th June and I am delighted to have been able to present Grange Park Sports Club with a cheque for £50,000 which will go a long way towards helping them play their part in the Olympics. This money will go towards funding an exciting new facility for the town and I know everyone at Grange Park will want to thank Sport England for making this happen.”
Coun Chris White, chairman of its Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “In spite of budget pressures, councils are striving to keep supporting local sports clubs and want to work with them in creating a lasting and meaningful Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This much-needed funding will hopefully act as a catalyst to further strengthen local partnerships between councils and sports clubs and get more people playing sport.”