‘Olympic’ boost for Todmorden sports centre

Todmorden Sports Centre.
Todmorden Sports Centre.

SPORT England has set aside £50,000 from its Olympic legacy fund to upgrade Todmorden Sports Centre.

It is one of 350 community sports centres and groups which have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy cash through the Inspired Facilities Fund.

Calderdale Council’s community services spokeswoman Coun Pauline Nash said: “The money will enable us to upgrade the equipment and will be part of Todmorden’s Olympic legacy.

“I would like to thank Sport England for its support.”

Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Todmorden.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Yorkshire.

“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.”

The investments are designed to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, difficult to maintain and run.

Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the country.

“This is why, as part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme, we invited community sports clubs to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities.”