Club se­cures Olympic legacy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A COM­MU­NITY as­so­ci­a­tion in Peter­bor­ough has just se­cured a huge cash boost from a na­tional sports body.

The Longth­orpe Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, in Thorpe Road, has been awarded £20,300 of Olympic legacy fund­ing from Sport Eng­land’s In­spired Fa­cil­i­ties Fund.

The cash will be used to put in more flood­lights for ten­nis courts that have been re­cently con­verted from grass to all weather, and will al­low peo­ple to play longer and af­ter dark.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s Ken Wap­pat said: “The grant we re­ceived for lights has en­abled the Ten­nis Club to in­crease the us­age of its new As­tra turf courts.

“It has had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect of en­abling the club to start a new all year round mini-ten­nis scheme for lo­cal un­der 10s, and to join an­other lo­cal ten­nis league with a team made up of half ju­nior and half se­nior mem­bers.”

The In­spired Fa­cil­i­ties fund is part of the £135 mil­lion Places Peo­ple Play pro­gramme to en­hance sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try to en­sure there is a last­ing legacy from the London Olympic games.

Each sports fa­cil­ity that re­ceives fund­ing will carry the London 2012 In­spire mark – cel­e­brat­ing the link to the Olympic Games.

Sport Eng­land’s chair­man, Richard Lewis, said: “This in­vest­ment will cre­ate a fan­tas­tic sport­ing legacy for Longth­orpe.

“This fund has re­ally hit the mark with sports clubs in Peter­bor­ough.

“For hun­dreds of clubs and tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, 2012 will be the year their lo­cal sports fa­cil­i­ties got bet­ter.”

The project is one of 350 com­mu­nity sports groups that have been of­fered £17.4 mil­lion in Olympic legacy fund­ing by the In­spired Fa­cil­i­ties Fund.

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