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|Funding Boost for Clubs and Centres|
From refurbished changing rooms to new pontoons, 17 sailing clubs and centres across the country are celebrating after successfully securing funding through Sport England’s Inspired Facility Fund.
Part of ‘Places People Play’, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, Inspired Facilities is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.
Funding will help clubs to refurbish or upgrade sports facilities or to convert existing buildings into venues suitable for sport which are accessible to the whole community.
One sailing project to successfully receive funding is Hykeham Sailing Club in the East Midlands who have been awarded £50,000 to improve their launching facilities.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded with this funding,” explains Vincent Wilkinson, commodore at the club. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve the embankment of the grounds and the jetties which are over 50 years old.”
Also successful are Helford River Sailing Club in Cornwall and Staunton Harold Sailing Club in the East Midlands.
“There are four remaining rounds of funding between now and 2014,” explains Graham Manchester, RYA Strategic Lead on Adult Participation. “If your club facilities are looking tired and an investment would increase usage and community activity you should consider this fund. It offers a great change in the Olympic year for a lasting legacy in our sport.”