£50k boost for sports clubs

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A rugby club has scored a £50k boost from an Olympic legacy fund to help overhaul their facilities.

Castleford RUFC is just one of 32 clubs across Yorkshire sharing £1.6m of lottery cash dished out by Sports England.

Castleford RUFC

Castleford RUFC

The Willowbridge Lane group will receive £49, 525 from the body’s Inspired Facilities Fund, which hopes to support grassroots sports and keep the Olympic legacy alive.

Stephen Ball, secretary of the rugby club, said: “It surprised and delighted us to get the money and it will help us to do what we want to do, which is to be seen as a good community club which helps other clubs too.”

Mr Ball said the cash will be used to improve the club’s pitches in Methley with new flood lights, a water supply and better changing facilities.

The revamped site off Pinfold Lane in Methley will not only be used by the rugby club, but Methley Warriors ARLFC and Castleford White Rose Ladies FC as well.

Mr Ball said: “This is going to benefit those clubs too. This money opens up the possibilities of us having good facilities and we will be able to develop these pitches and increase capacity at them.”

Sport England announced last week it will pump £40m of National Lottery money into the programme, which will run until 2017.

Nick Bitel, chairman of the group, said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facilities in hundreds of communities.

“The great news for sports clubs across the country is that we’re putting an extra £40 million into Inspired Facilities, so many more projects will benefit in the coming years.”

Bids for the next round of funding will be accepted from October 21.

Visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities to find out more.