Sports clubs in Calderdale are among those celebrating after receiving a share of a £10million grassroots investemnt by Sport England.
In their latest round of funding, £500,000 has been given to sports clubs in West Yorkshire, with Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club receiving £73,081, Crossleyans Club in Halifax receiving £47,704 and Halifax Canoe Club receiving £62,658.
The canoe club will use the money to upgrade changing facilities, including new showers, non-slip flooring, improved ventilation and refurbishment, as well as improving equipment storage.
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.”
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.
“It’s great to see Halifax Canoe Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”
Community groups and schools can bid for can bid for a share of £20 million to help upgrade facilities and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.
To bid for the next round of funding, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.