£120k set to help improve facilities

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THREE organisations are to receive funding totalling £120,000 to improve sporting facilities.

The cash is from the second round of bids to the Inspired Facilities Olympic legacy fund, part of the Places People Play legacy programme, funded by the National Lottery and overseen by Sport England.

Chair of Sport England, Richard Lewis, said: “Thanks to these investments, many thousands of people can look forward to first-class sports facilities on their doorstep.”

Derbyshire County Council is receiving £20,000 of National Lottery funding to construct a 1km mountain bike track at the White Hall Education Centre, near Buxton.

The new bike track will increase opportunities for mountain biking for all age groups.

Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club in Derbyshire has been offered £50,000 of National Lottery funding to construct a storage hanger for the club’s gliders. The award will contribute to a total project cost of £220,000.

Glossop Rugby Football Club is receiving £50,000 of National Lottery funding to improve facilities. The improvements will also include an accessible path to the pitch for wheelchair users and a sensory pathway at pitchside.

A number of ‘map for all’ information boards will be created to describe the layout and facilities of the club site to blind and partially-sighted people. Players, spectators and people that require disabled access will all benefit from the upgrades.

In total, 30 community sports projects in the East Midlands have shared £1,471,759.

Bids to the next round of Inspired Facilities will be accepted between July 23 and September 17. Full details of the fund and how to apply can be found at www.sportengland.org/inspired.