Sixteen clubs to benefit from a slice of £4.7m Olympic legacy cash

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Sixteen community sports projects have won a share of £4.7m Olympic legacy funding aimed at breathing new life into tired facilities.

The clubs, schools and parish councils benefited from a total of more than £780,000 under the Inspired Facilities scheme, which is funded by National Lottery cash and run by Sport England as part of its Places People Play programme.

Mascalls Secondary School in Paddock Wood was awarded £87,500 to convert its rundown tennis courts into a floodlit games area for netball, tennis and basketball.

Amherst School in Sevenoaks was also chosen to receive funding to enclose its existing pool and replace the current leaking, asbestos roof.

Others to benefit from the cash pot, in what is the second round of bids, are Leybourne parish council for an outdoor sports space; Hamstreet and District Sports and Leisure Association near Ashford for a pavilion refurbishment; Deal and Victorian and Barns Close Cricket Club for a facilities upgrade; and Kennington Cricket Club for a clubhouse replacement.

West Kingsdown parish council, Mote Cricket Club in Maidstone, Pluckley parish council, Horsmonden Sports Club in Tonbridge, Canterbury Rugby Football Club, the Frank Bruno Foundation in Orpington, Canterbury Lawn Tennis Club, Bewl Valley Sailing Club, Seasalter Sailing Club and Frindsbury Extra parish council also benefited from the scheme.

Sport and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, who is MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, said hosting the London 2012 Games had given an opportunity to put sport in the spotlight and encourage more people to participate.

“That’s exactly what Places People Play is about,” he said.

“It’s already having a positive impact on grassroots sport in communities up and down the country and the additional £15 million will spread that further, helping to leave a real sports legacy long after the Games.”

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