Olympic Legacy Funding for Wainscott

Frindsbury Extra Parish Council 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.

Frindsbury Extra Parish Council will receive £45,000 of National Lottery funding to provide a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Crest Nicholson’s Liberty Park development in Wainscott. The new play area will be set within 10 acres of open space at Liberty Park and will include a children’s playground. Furthermore, Crest Nicholson is adding to the funds and will provide the play equipment, such as swings, a roundabout and a climbing frame. The multi-use games area is scheduled to open in November this year.

The open space is being transferred to the Parish Council, who will manage it for the future. The funding will provide this much-needed facility for local residents and will complement the existing outdoor leisure facilities provided on the Recreation Ground by the Parish Council, who are also making a financial contribution. Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Wainscott. This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Medway. 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.”

James Moody, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “Crest Nicholson is delighted to be able to support this excellent community initiative which will give youngsters the opportunity for focused play and sport. The Parish Council should be congratulated at being able to secure such a high level of funding to create an enduring physical and community legacy.”

Parish Council Chairman David Coomber, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can make a significant enhancement to the leisure and sporting facilities we provide in the parish. We are especially pleased that it will bequeath a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics for our parishioners.”

Local MP Mark Reckless said: “I would like to congratulate Frindsbury Extra Parish Council and its chairman David Coomber on their great success in obtaining this substantial grant of £45,000 for this exciting facility at Liberty Park. It is a piece of really good news for Liberty Park and its residents to celebrate together as a community.”

Frindsbury Extra Parish Council’s MUGA is one of hundreds of projects across England benefiting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million 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 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.

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.”

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