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