Net benefits for Durham cricket club
Following England’s victory over Australia in yesterday’s first One Day International, a sports club in Durham is hoping to attract the top cricketers of the future, thanks to an Olympic legacy fund.
Norton Cricket Club will use a £45,000 award to refurbish its indoor cricket school, which it hopes will attract new talent, encourage more people to use the facilities and therefore play a part in keeping the Ashes where they belong – right here in England!
Hundreds of local community sports clubs are being upgraded as part of Sport England’s legacy programmes.
“Another monumental year for sporting achievement at Durham University”
While the Torch prepares to visit the North East later this week, students at Durham University are already celebrating a £500,000 legacy award to upgrade their state-of-the-art sports centre.
Its world class facilities – which are open to schools and community teams as well as university students – feature an indoor rowing tank, which is one of only three in the country and will help to bolster the UK’s elite facilities for the future.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Higgins, said: “This is another monumental year for sporting achievement at Durham University and we are immensely proud to be able to contribute to the sporting legacy of the Olympics 2012.”
Part of the Places People Play legacy programme, the Durham award is one of a series of major investments Sport England is making to improve regional sports facilities.
Newcastle’s samba spirit puts disability legacy on show
A group of deaf and disabled artists will create a carnival atmosphere this weekend, as part of the London 2012 Festival.
Celebrating cultural links with the 2016 host city and part of the Newcastle Community Green Festival, Boomba Down the Tyne will combine music and dance from the North East of Brazil with the North East of England.
It is one of the 29 exciting Unlimited projects featuring disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists and producers working with mainstream organisations to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Turning up the heat for local squash
Squash players in Yorkshire will be able to limber up in style after winning Olympic legacy funding to improve their facilities.
Wigginton Squash and Social Club secured £46,000 in Sport England funding, which will enable the club to modernise the existing building. Upgrades will include updating the heating system and installing solar panels, as well as developing a mini gym/warm-up area.
“It is fantastic to have our own Olympic legacy in Wigginton which will be remembered in the years ahead,” said Match Secretary Mark Davies.
Local MP Julian Sturdy added: “It is reassuring to know that sports organisations like Wigginton Squash Club are rewarded for the good work that they do in local communities.”
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