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29 Mar 2012

Staunton Harold Sailing Club receives £50,000 Inspired Facilities Funding

2012-03-24 - Inspired Facilities Cheque - 02

Staunton Harold Sailing Club celebrated last weekend, having secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games.

The aim of the project at Staunton Harold Sailing Club is to transform the changing facilities. They date back to when the clubhouse was built in 1974, and are no longer large enough to cope with the increased numbers of members. Extensions will be built for both changing rooms, and redecoration of the existing rooms carried out. This will bring these vital rooms up to the same high standard of the rest of the clubhouse, as well as accommodating the increasing numbers of sailors.

A cheque handover ceremony was held on Saturday 24th March, when local MP, Heather Wheeler, presented the cheque to Staunton Harold Commodore, Nick Waters, with Gemma Blewett and Ian Poynton from Sport England in attendance. A good turn-out of club members and visitors were there to witness this significant investment in the club.

Local MP, Heather Wheeler, said: "I am delighted that the Staunton Harold Sailing Club has secured this impressive £50,000 grant. As London is gearing up for the Olympics, I think it is fantastic that this Olympic legacy funding provided by Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund is available to local clubs across the country, allowing 2012 to really mark an improvement not just to national, but also to local sports facilities.

The Staunton Harold Sailing Club is a real asset to the area and I know this funding will really make a difference to the facilities here. With improved facilities I hope more and more people will get involved in this excellent sailing club. I congratulate all the volunteers for the hours they spend supporting the club and I am so pleased that their hard work has paid off with this excellent Grant."

Gemma Blewett (Sport England), said: "This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Staunton Harold."

"This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Derbyshire. It shows we're offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better."

Staunton Harold Commodore, Nick Waters, said: "We are delighted to secure one of the first of the Inspired Facilities grants, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises. An attractive and spacious clubhouse is an essential part of our strategy to attract more people into the great sport of sailing. This grant will provide all Staunton Harold's members with a fantastic legacy from the 2012 London Olympics"

The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.