Tockington Archers receive National Lottery funding for equipment store and club house as part of Olympic legacy
8:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
AN ARCHERY club in South Gloucestershire has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Tockington Archers will receive £24,359 of National Lottery Funding to build a new equipment store and club house to replace the existing container currently in use to store archery equipment.
The archery club has introduced many people of all ages to archery over the past 35 years and the new storage facilities will secure the future of the club by providing a permanent home for the club’s equipment.
The announcement came after Sport England revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.
To celebrate the award, local people are invited to a free archery have-a-go taster between 11am to 5pm on Sunday, August 25 at Tockington Manor School lower field to try out the sport.
Tockington Archers president Ray Moody said: “I’m delighted we have received this funding which helps secure the future of the club started 35 years ago.
“This investment will provide much improved club facilities which will help promote archery into the future. “It provides the opportunity to create an outstanding club as part of the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb added: “I’m pleased to hear that Tockington Archers have been awarded a Sports England grant.
“Archery is a sport that young and old can enjoy and I’m sure the new facilities will enable many more local people to take up the sport.”
Tockington Archers is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40million of National Lottery funding to invest.
Sport England’s chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in South Gloucestershire.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the South West who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the October 21 2013. To find out more visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities
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