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The East gets £1.8m for grass roots sports

In a major boost to grassroots sports clubs in the East of England, Sport England has announced that 36 local sports groups have secured £1.8 million** **investment from its Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.

A year on from the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Sport England has also committed an additional £40 million National Lottery funding to extend the hugely popular legacy fund until 2017.

The latest investments will bring big improvements to local facilities, from new playing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms.

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “This £40 million injection of National Lottery funding will be a huge boost to local sports facilities across the country. Coming a year on from hosting the London 2012 Games it demonstrates our commitment to a tangible and long lasting sports legacy. The Inspired Facilities_ fund has been a massive success and by extending it to 2017 it will help encourage many more people to get involved in community sport.”

Beneficiaries of Inspired Facilities_ funding in the East of England include:

Norwich City Council- £68,230

Bedford Borough Council-£119,000

Lynn Grove High School- £87,771

Hertfordshire County Council- £26,500

Little Shelford Parish Council-£27,000

Burnham on Crouch Sailing Club- £50,000

Cockfield Parish Council- £49,764

Cambridge Gliding Centre- £50,000

Westoning Recreation Club- £50,000

Salto Foundation- £50,000

South Creake War Memorial Institute- £50,000

North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club- £31,825

Grafham Water Sailing Club- £50,000

Marlesford Community Council- £24,616

Newmarket URC Tennis Club- £50,000

East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club- £45,500

Steppingley Village Association- £21,235

Mundesley Parish Council- £50,000

Mersea Island Rugby Football Club- £50,000

Biggleswade Rugby Union and Associated Clubs- £38,215

Letchworth Corner Sports Club- £45,000

Whittlesey Cricket Club- £38,772

Loddon Squash Club- £35,000

Topcroft Cricket Club- £20,000

Melbourn Parish Council- £50,000

London Gliding Club (located in Dunstable) - £50,000

Cottenham Parish Council- £50,000

Sheringham Sports Association- £48,690

West Norfolk Rugby Union Football Club- £44,873

Southend Athletic Club- £50,000

Kings Walden Parish Council- £32,809

Dolphina Gymnastics Club- £50,000

Linton Granta Football Club- £50,000

Knebworth Tennis Club- £40,000

Priory Watersports Association Ltd- £25,000

Hutton FC- £47,420

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