Clubs in dash for cash

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A £50 million pot of gold has been put aside by the National Lottery to help scores of sports clubs in Thame and beyond.

Community clubs from all across the South East can apply for the cash, which is to be put towards equipment or upgrading facilities.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Investment will be available to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, putting grassroots clubs right back at the heart of their local communities.

There will also be money available, preferably to clubs who have not received Lottery funding previously, to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

At least £35 million of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining money will be open to a wider group of organisations, including schools.