Ashbourne Tennis Club secures £50,000 from sporting legacy fund

17 Jul 2012

The tennis club in Ashbourne has secured 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.

Ashbourne Tennis Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding towards the costs of a new tennis facility on a site adjacent to the Peak Gateway caravan park. Phase one of the project will comprise three floodlit tennis courts with a further two courts to follow. The club has a thriving junior section which sees over 100 juniors at coaching sessions every Saturday and an active senior section with 10 summer league teams.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Ashbourne. 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."

Club chairman, Cyril Challinor, said : "We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can construct a tennis facility to match the quality of our tennis coaching. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics' legacy."

The Ashbourne tennis club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England has launched a further £10million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.

LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: "This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport."