St.Bede’s Catholic High school in Ormskirk has secured 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.
St.Bede’s Catholic High School will receive £106,709 of National Lottery funding to upgrade their current hardcourt playing area. The improvements include the laying of a new All Weather surface and new secure fencing. This exciting project has been developed in partnership with Ormskirk RFU who are delighted with the success of the bid. At St.Bede’s, we are particularly pleased with this achievement as the new surface will enable us to extend school and extra- curricular use and will provide high quality outdoor facilities for many others as it will be available for community use for a range of sports each evening and at weekends.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Ormskirk and the wider area.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in West Lancashire. 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.”
Acting Headteacher, William Hughes, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our hardcourt playing area and add further to our sporting facilities at St.Bede’s. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have outstanding facilities for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Local MP, Rosie Cooper, said, “Congratulations to St Bede’s on securing this funding. It will make a real difference to the quality of sports facilities in Ormskirk and will make a real difference for all those local residents who will benefit from the new all weather pitches. I hope that both St Bede’s pupils and the local community will be encouraged to get actively involved in more sports with such great facilities on their doorstep. St Bede’s Catholic High School should be commended for their all hard work and effort over recent years to improve both their indoor and outdoor sports facilities.”
St.Bede’s is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.
Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: “This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games. It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport.”