West Park secure Olympic legacy lottery funding

First published in Sport

WEST Park Rugby Football Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England today revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

West Park Rugby Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the changing rooms and shower facilities at the club. Two old, dilapidated changing rooms will be transformed into a stand-alone facility for junior and female players to get changed in comfort and privacy. New toilets will also be built, enabling the club to host female junior and senior matches.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy Merseyside from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in the North West having benefited from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Club Vice Chair, Brian Loughnane, said: “We are overjoyed to have obtained this lottery funding. It is a massive boost towards the re-development of the club, allowing our junior and female players to get changed and washed in comfort.

"The future is looking really bright at the club, with our colts team having recently won the league and now the brilliant news of getting this lottery funding.

"Success on the field and great facilities off it, definitely inspire more people to participate in sport. We look forward to welcoming new players and members along to use our new facilities in late 2013."

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