Halifax Canoe Club awarded £62,000 of funding from Sport England

Inspired Facility LogoWe are delighted to announce Halifax Canoe Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

Halifax Canoe Club will receive £62,658 of National Lottery funding to upgrade and remodel the changing facilities at the club, which has helped thousands of local people young and old get into the sport since it opened its doors in 1997. The improvements include new shower facilities, non-slip flooring, improved ventilation and refurbishment throughout, as well as improving equipment storage.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

“It’s great to see Halifax Canoe Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Volunteer Co-ordinator Victoria Bradford-Keegan, who led the club’s bid, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises. When we surveyed members about what encourage them to participate more frequently was the standard of our changing rooms.

“Improving our facilities to support more people to go canoeing more often is a cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club to capitalise on the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £20 million to help  upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.

For more details about the project, please contact either:

  • Victoria Bradford-Keegan on 07855 367046 or victoriajbradford@yahoo.co.uk
  • Les Ford on 07794 247 684 or lesford@ntlworld.com


About Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund:

At least 70 per cent of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £75,000. The remaining funding will be open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.

To make sure the technical elements of the application process do not put off groups with good projects, Sport England has created a catalogue of typical facilities developments and costs, based on what sports clubs have told us they need.

Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. We will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities.

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