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Saturday, August 17, 2013
The legacy of London 2012 is slowly filtering down into local communities, a Norwich community centre manager said after receiving a £68,230 grant to improve sports facilities.
The Mile Cross-based Norman Centre this week found out it will receive the much-needed funds to renovate Millar Hall, a former tennis centre in the complex.
Lee Wright, manager at the centre, said: “It’s good to see the funding being spent on organisations like this, not just professional projects.
“We aim to make physical activity as inclusive as possible, with cardiac classes, GP referrals, health conditioning and an ‘active kids’ programme.
“In the current climate, getting investment is hard – this money will be priceless for the future of the centre.”
The cash has been awarded by Sport England from its Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund. Mike Sands, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for customer services and board member of Active Norfolk, said: “It has been a result of a tremendous amount of work by officers and the Norman Centre.
“I wholeheartedly embrace all that the centre sets out to achieve. This includes encouraging grassroots sports to flourish and to champion accessible and affordable activities that promote the health and wellbeing of the local community. This funding helps us to carry on with these important missions.
“It would be great for people to get out there and patronise community centres to secure their place within our communities.”
Sport England chairman Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming facilities in hundreds of communities.”