London 2012 Olympic trampoline gymnast Kat Driscoll has joined Sport England Chair Nick Bittel in announcing that Sport England is to invest £40 million to extend its hugely popular Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund to 2017.
The pair made the announcement at MK Springers, a gymnastics club in Milton Keynes that has been transformed by investment from Inspired Facilities. The club used a £50,000 lottery award to create a modern grassroots gymnastics facility at a former warehouse, and is one of many gymnastics centres that have benefited from the Inspired Facility programme.
Kat Driscoll said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local sports facilities, including lots of gymnastics clubs, benefitting from this lottery investment, with even more set to benefit in the future. Good facilities are really important to grassroots sport as they are the places where you can discover just how fun sport can be.”
Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facilities in hundreds of communities. The great news for sports clubs across the country is that we’re putting an extra £40 million into Inspired Facilities so many more projects will benefit in the coming years.”
The announcement means that 1,361 grassroots sports facilities, including many gymnastics clubs, have now benefitted in the two years since Inspired Facilities was launched, with a total of £69.9 million invested. This week many of those facilities are offering free sports sessions to local people to celebrate the National Lottery backing they’ve received from Sport England.
Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “This £40 million injection of National Lottery funding will be a huge boost to local sports facilities across the country. Coming a year on from hosting the London 2012 Games it demonstrates our commitment to a tangible and long lasting sports legacy. The Inspired Facilities fund has been a massive success and by extending it to 2017 it will help encourage many more people to get involved in community sport.”
Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the 21 October 2013 with more information on the Sport England Inspired Facilities website.