Sporting legacy boost for Forest Hall Community Tennis club with help from Sport England and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity

Local sports club, Forest Hall Community Tennis Club, has secured £49,942 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund and will benefit even further from additional funding from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

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.

As part of this, the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has awarded over £100,000 to sports clubs and organisations around the UK in the first round of grants from applications to the Inspired Facilities fund.  The Charity became Sport England’s corporate partner last year and this was the first of their first awards to be made.

Pete Constanti, Chairman of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said: “We’re really pleased to award £1,520 to Forest Hall Community Tennis Club to help them purchase new equipment.  We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of applications for our grants and the Fund - it really does show that there is amazing work being done by volunteers in sports clubs up and down the country.”

The funding from Sport England will go towards improving the current playing surface to meet the Lawn Tennis Associations requirements, resurface three courts and install floodlighting.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will be a fantastic sporting legacy for local people.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the North East area. 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.”

David Davis from Forest Hall Community Tennis Club, said: “We are really pleased to be one of the first to be awarded funding from both Sport England and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.  The funding will help us provide even better facilities for our members and encourage even more people to take up the wonderful sport of tennis.  We will be very proud to be helping deliver a lasting legacy from this year’s Games and we will display our London 2012 Inspire mark with pride.”

Local MP, Mary Glindon, said: “This is investment by Sport England into Forest Hall Community Tennis Club is fantastic news.  These improvements to the tennis courts will a huge boost, both for the club members and the wider community.”

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley, said: “I am delighted that Forest Hall Community Tennis Club has been successful in securing this funding.

“North Tyneside Council will work closely with the club, as well as the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), to develop their facilities.

“Our Widening Horizons 4 Sport initiative aims to provide the people of North Tyneside new and improved sporting opportunities, and this will certainly support that.”

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.

The investments will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, difficult to maintain and run. Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.

Inspired Facilities has been designed to be as simple and accessible as possible for potential applicants, with a shorter form and a catalogue of ready-made options to choose from. This is the first of five funding rounds of Inspired Facilities; the second round opened on 1 February 2012, offering hundreds more local groups the chance to bid for a further £10 million of funding.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England. We are 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 and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.



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