A total of 15 community sports projects in the South East are to share more than £1.75million of Sport England cash to help breathe new life into tired sports facilities, including Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund will help more than 90 community sport projects across England totalling £9.9 million. The fund is designed to give a cash boost to some of England’s most in-need clubs. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has invested £122 million in 2,215 projects nationally.
As part of the fund, Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club – a 100-year-old not-for-profit community club with over 300 members – is to receive a total of £68,857 to help modernise its facilities and bring it up-to-date so that more people can enjoy tennis and croquet in the area.
Around 10% of clubs who have received money already from the fund said that without the cash they would have been forced to close, and half said they would have lost members. Thanks to the investment, almost 90% of clubs have reported an increase in new members.
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said:
“The Inspired Facilities fund is a helping hand to thousands of community sports projects across the country. No club is immune to wear and tear, and this fund recognises the tremendous work they do in helping local people keep active. I am delighted that thanks to the National Lottery we have been able to help so many clubs in the South East”.