Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

26/08/13 - Does your sports club need a helping hand? Sport Engl


If your sports centre has a leaky roof, needs new equipment or you have a project to get more people involved in sport, then why not apply to 1 of 4 Sport England funding programmes?


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging all local sports clubs to take advantage of the funding, as it offers a real boost across a range of areas.


There are some substantial grants available, from £50,000 up to £500,000, depending on what you need the funding for.


MP Rosie said:


“If we are to build and develop a legacy in West Lancashire after the Olympics then this money could really make a difference. I would strongly encourage all sports clubs to take up this opportunity. You can contact my constituency office for more information.”


There are four funding programmes available:


  • Inspired Facilities: Sport England have invested over £54 million into modernising and improving over a thousand local clubs and facilities in the last two years. They replace leaky roofs, install new boilers, put in new floors, build new changing rooms, switch on floodlights and provide new equipment. Grants of up to £50,000 are now available.
  • Protecting Playing Fields: Sport England have invested £8 million into protecting and improving 159 playing fields across the country. All playing fields in the scheme are protected from development for at least 25 years; while 88 have been dedicated ‘in perpetuity’. Grants of up to £50,000 are now available.
  • Community Sport Activation Fund: A new £40 million fund available to local authorities and local community groups to support grassroots activity across the country. Projects could be up to three years and grants range from £50,000 - £250,000 with partnership funding required.
  • Improvement Fund: A £45 million fund for medium-sized projects that will improve the quality and experience of sport. The Improvement Fund will award grants worth £150,000 to £500,000 into sustainable projects with a clear local need.

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