December 7 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sports clubs across Norfolk are celebrating after receiving a share of £1.8m investment for clubs in the eastern region from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.
In total, 10 sporting organisations across the county received nearly £500,000 from the national body, which is responsible for distributing lottery funding across the country with the aim to encourage people and communities to develop sporting habits for life.
In Norfolk, the biggest beneficiaries included Lynn Grove High School, in Gorleston, which received £87,771 and Norwich City Council, which was given £68,230.
Another recipient was the South Creake War Memorial Institute in north Norfolk, which boasts recreational facilities including playing fields, and received £50,000 to put towards a new sports pavilion and community hall.
Trustees of the Institute said they were “ecstatic” at the award, having already received a £479,200 grant from the National Lottery Communities Building Fund, £30,000 from Trusthouse Foundation and £10,000 from Garfield Weston.
They now need to raise a final £48,000 towards the total cost of the building, estimated to be £711,200.
The new facility will replace the original community building, which trustees sold for housing in 2003.
Trustee Robin Maslin said: “We are very happy and this Sport England grant is very important. Once we’ve got the final £48,000, we will be able to start construction in November.”
The West Norfolk Rugby Club, based at North Wootton, has also secured £44,873 of the Olympic legacy funding to refurbish the existing clubhouse and facilities, which were built in 1992 but need updating to cope with the demands of an expanding club.
The club’s present 10 acre site, including three full size pitches, was acquired in 1965 and used as a playing facility from 1969.
Since then, the number of senior playing sides has increased from two to three, a veterans team was established and the club also runs mini and youth teams from under-sevens to under-19s.
Club chairman Richard Mallett said: “We are delighted to have been awarded National Lottery funding from Sport England. It shows that West Norfolk Rugby Club is an ambitious club. The funding secured will support the club’s continued development and will ensure its future growth and prosperity for many years to come.”
In north Norfolk a trio of communities were celebrating after being awarded more than £130,000 between them.
The Sport England cash was successfully secured by Mundesley Parish Council, Sheringham Sports Association and the North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club (NNSLC) who each put forward individual bids.
Sheringham’s £48,690 slice has topped up an ongoing fund to build a multi-use games area on the tennis courts behind Splash leisure centre.
The cash has pushed campaigners to their £124,440 total after they secured grants from the district council, which pledged £15,000 from its Big Society fund, and the town council, which awarded £60,000 received from Tesco.
Association chairman Charles Sanders said he was “delighted” to have hit the fundraising target.
“This facility will play a key part in the future of sport for people of all ages and all abilities in this area. This will be an amazing boost for the town and all those who want sport to thrive in this part of the world.”
Mundesley’s £50,000 grant, which was spearheaded by the Mundesley Youth and Community Group, will also go towards establishing one of the versatile pitches, which can be used for a range of sports, including football, basketball, netball and tennis
Members of NNSLC were thrilled to receive their bid for £31,825, which will now be used to convert the back room of their Cromer HQ into changing facilities, that will be shared by the neighbouring Glide Surf School.
The club moved into the disused Victorian toilet block on the prom in April 2012 after the building was refurbished by the district council –but the authority’s make-over did not stretch to doing up the rear storage area, where members currently change.
Adam Frere-Smith, NNSLC fundraising officer, said receiving the Sport England grant was “fantastic”. “It’s going to make the whole experience so much nicer and it will extend the training we do in Cromer,” he added. “We’re going to have segregated changing areas with hot showers and loos. It’s basically the icing on the cake for the whole unit down here.”
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