London 2012 Olympics cash to help new generation of rowers and canoeists in Norfolk

Officials believe a charity can use �50,000 of Olympic cash to help a new generation of rowers and canoeists.

The Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation has today secured �50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund, plus a further �5,000 from the Thomas Cook Children's Charity.

This will help the group improve its facilities, including installing a disabled lift for access to the first floor.

Max Heron, charity trustee and project team leader, said: 'We are delighted to secure the first Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to make a major step forward in upgrading our community rowing and canoeing facilities at Whitlingham.

'It is the cornerstone of our strategy to deliver an outstanding new facility for everyone in Norfolk as part of the 2012 Olympics' legacy.'

Richard Bacon, South Norfolk MP, said: 'The London Games will spark fresh enthusiasm for water-borne events where Britain traditionally does very well.

'This grant means Whitlingham will be well placed to serve both Norfolk's dedicated canoeists and rowers, and also a new generation who have been inspired to get into these sports.'