Whaley scores big with Olympic boost

Chairman of Whaley Bridge town Council, Jon Goldfinch with Ben Williams from Sport England who is handing over money to MP Andrew Bingham and Chairman of whaley Bridge Athletic FC Steve Rampley.
Chairman of Whaley Bridge town Council, Jon Goldfinch with Ben Williams from Sport England who is handing over money to MP Andrew Bingham and Chairman of whaley Bridge Athletic FC Steve Rampley.

WHALEY BRIDGE’S Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) has been transformed thanks to almost £40,000 of Olympic Legacy Funding.

The surface of the MUGA has been replaced, new fencing has been put in place along with disability access and the nearby Pavilion has also been improved thanks to £39,980 secured by Whaley Bridge Town Council from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. Lighting has been renewed and other improvements have been incorporated in the £155,000 project.

Chairman of Whaley Bridge town Council, Jon Goldfinch with Ben Williams from Sport England who is handing over money to MP Andrew Bingham and Chairman of whaley Bridge Athletic FC Steve Rampley. Pictured in the foreground are Daniel Connell, Ethan Williams, Kieran Connell and Ole Madden.

Chairman of Whaley Bridge town Council, Jon Goldfinch with Ben Williams from Sport England who is handing over money to MP Andrew Bingham and Chairman of whaley Bridge Athletic FC Steve Rampley. Pictured in the foreground are Daniel Connell, Ethan Williams, Kieran Connell and Ole Madden.

Cllr Jon Goldfinch, chair of the town council, said they had joined forces with Whaley Bridge Football Club in the project. He added: “We are absolutely delighted with the funding from Sport England, and cannot thank them enough for the difference it will make to the generations of children who will be lucky enough to make use of the fantastic 40mm third generation artificial grass pitch that we have now been able to build using this money.

“It has taken just under three years of hard effort to get to this point, but as we look across the spectacular 3G surface and facility that Sport England have helped us to put in place, it makes every second more than worth it.”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham added: “It’s great to see the benefit of the Olympics here in the High Peak. Whilst most of the games will be taking place in and around London, I am pleased that the Olympic legacy spreads much further with High Peak residents getting benefit from what will doubtless be a great spectacle.”

The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.