Sports clubs set for buying boost

27 July 2011

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27 July 2011 | Adam Leach

Sports clubs, voluntary organisations and councils across the UK will receive help with purchasing as part of a £50 million scheme to improve sporting facilities.

Inspired Facilities, launched yesterday by SportEngland and the Thomas Cook Children's Charity, is a grant scheme to refurbish or build new sporting facilities.

Successful applicants will get access to a catalogue and preferred supplier list so they can cut the cost of renovating, refurbishing or constructing their facilities and clubs. They can then select these pre-approved contractors without having to hold a procurement process themselves.

Proposals already submitted to the initiative include: £35,680 to repair and improve a village cricket pavilion; £75,000 to renovate two tennis courts and convert another two into basketball courts in London; and £42,914 towards improving facilities at an inner city school.

The scheme hopes to improve participation in sport in the UK and build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, which gets underway one year from today.

Speaking at the launch of the fund, Sport England CEO Jennie Price said: “We want people all over the country to be able to look back on 2012 as the year when their local sports facilities got better, as well as the year the Games came to London.”

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