Olympic legacy cash boost for sports clubs

Lutterworth Tennis Club has received �40k Olympic Legacy lottery cash.
Lutterworth Tennis Club has received �40k Olympic Legacy lottery cash.

Sports clubs from across the Harborough and Lutterworth district are celebrating after securing a share of Olympic legacy cash.

Lutterworth Tennis Club, the town’s rugby club and Brixworth Cricket Club have all received big funding boosts from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The tennis club got £40,000, which it will use to build a fifth floodlit court at its centre in Hall Lane, Bitteswell.

With 170 junior and adult members and 40 teams competing in county leagues, the club says demand for coaching and court time means it has outgrown its facilities.

Club chairman David Buck said: “Securing this investment is a tremendous step forward for the club.

“It will enable us to boost community participation in the sport and further develop a very keen and strong youth section.

“This is a key part of an overall strategy to improve facilities, in order to create a high-quality environment to attract tennis players for years to come.”

Lutterworth MP Andrew Robathan said: “This is excellent news and I congratulate the club on their success.

“Lutterworth Tennis Club provides valuable recreational and exercise opportunities – I may put myself on their waiting list.”

Lutterworth Rugby Club received £50,000 towards a project to improve its clubhouse – including fitting out two en-suite changing rooms, adding new referees’ changing facilities, a larger first-aid room and a members’ meeting room.

The Ashby Lane club founded in 1872, and which is Leicestershire’s oldest rugby team, is hoping to complete the project soon.

Chairman Keith Tranter told the Mail: “The project is moving along nicely. It has been held up by the weather but is due for completion by the end of March.”

Brixworth Cricket Club has secured £50,000 to modernise clubhouse facilities at its Dallas Burston Cricket Ground, off Northampton Road.

Chairman Chris Timm said: “We’re really pleased because we’ve been trying to get significant funding for a while.

“The improvements to the clubhouse will be a springboard to really grow the club and create a real multi-sport facility.”

These clubs are among 1,000 projects across the country to receive lottery investment from the Inspired Facilities fund so far.

Sport England’s chairman Richard Lewis said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us to deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Leicestershire from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. With so many clubs in the East Midlands having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Find out more about the funding opportunities at the website www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.