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SUCCESS: Club Commodore Russell Taylor with High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Ben Williams, Strategic Lead at Sport England. photo contributed.
SUCCESS: Club Commodore Russell Taylor with High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Ben Williams, Strategic Lead at Sport England. photo contributed.
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Combs Sailing Club has secured £36,539 Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The funds will be used to install a mains electricity supply for the clubhouse and additional buildings.

Electric trace heating will be used to protect pipes from frost enabling water and toilet facilities to be available all year round. Electric showers, closed circuit television and a refrigerator will also be installed.

Club Commodore, Russell Talbot, said: “We are delighted to secure the first Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to upgrade our facilities to get more people out on the water.

“The availability of mains power makes it possible to extend the sailing season and attract wider use of Combs’ facilities by families and the young and old alike.

“This is the leap forward we need to take to bring the club into the 21st century and ensure our success through and beyond the 2012 Olympics.”

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme being delivered by Sport England.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Derbyshire.

“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said: “I am delighted at the sailing club’s success with this bid and congratulate all those concerned.”

He said it was pleasing to see benefits of 2012 extending further north – particularly into the High Peak.