Henry Smith will this week be advising local activity groups that Sport England has launched a £50million fund for sporting facilities. The programme will invest in refurbishment or improvement of existing facilities and opening up facilities for community sport. These are local projects developed and delivered predominantly by community and voluntary sector groups. Round 1 applications will begin in August 2011.
“This investment is aimed not just at sporting organisations but also at voluntary and community groups with an interest in running sporting activity. Given the importance of clubs to sport at the community level, Sport England is proposing to make available up to a thousand grants worth between £20,000 and £150,000.
“I am pleased to see that, even in the tougher economic times, we still fully recognise the value of sports to our local communities and continue to invest both in a healthy, active lifestyle and our sporting achievers of the future. I would urge local groups to carefully consider applying for a grant to support their services.”
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