Extra £10m funding for sport clubs

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Sports clubs in the Thame area could benefit from a slice of £10 million.

As part of the fourth round of allocating £50 million of Inspired Facilities funding, clubs in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £150,000.

Any groups applying for funding must identify an appropriate amount of money from other sources that will support their application.

Among those who have been successful in receiving funding in the first three rounds was Chinnor Rugby Club. It received £38,700 to fund an upgrade of its 26-year-old showers and boiler.

Inspired Facilities is part of Sport England’s Places People Play initiative, which aims to bring the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the heart of communities.

Councillor Bill Service, cabinet member for leisure at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We’ve already seen a number of clubs benefitting from this funding, providing a real boost to their local community.

“Hopefully many more clubs will submit applications this time around.”

Applications for the funding can be submitted by any organisation entitled to receive public funding.

Councillor Elaine Ware, cabinet member for economy, leisure and property at the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Improved facilities not only make life better for existing club users but also attract new members too and would really help to build a sporting legacy.”

For more information, to apply for funding and for ideas of improvements, go to http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org