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Full Report: Keswick charity receives £250,000 funding

The legacy of the Paralympics was to encourage more people with disabilities into sport and more than a year on, a charity in the Lake District has been awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds to do just that.

Katie Hunter has been to the Calvert Trust near Keswick to see how the money will be spent:

Watch her full report below.


£250,000 award for the Calvert Trust

A charity which aims to help people with disabilities enjoy the countryside has been awarded nearly £250,000 by Sport England.

The Calvert Trust, based near Keswick, will spend the money encouraging under 25s to be active.

The charity caters for people with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs.

Sporting boost for Cumbrian village

Sport England has awarded a £100,000 of lottery money to redevelop two playing fields in Cumbria.

Half the grant will be spent levelling and draining the football pitch in the village of Thursby, while the rest will go to Maryport Amateur Rugby League football club.

People in Thursby also want to build a youth pitch to encourage more children to use the facility.

Funding helping to deliver "lasting sporting legacy in Cumbria"

Sport England have said that the money that has been given to the Watchtree Wheelers in Cumbria is just the beginning for how it hopes to support sports clubs in the area.

“A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Cumbria.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the Cumbria region who play such a vital role in grassroots sports.”

– Nick Bitel, Sport England’s Chair

Watchtree Wheelers "delighted" with sports funding support

Cumbrian cycling group the Watchtree Wheelers have expressed their happiness at being awarded £50,000 to continue the sporting and olympic legacy in the region.

“We are delighted with the funding support we have received from Sport England and would like to thank our regular users and supporters for all the work they’ve put into making the application a success.

“This funding will allow us to resurface a large area of unused broken concrete and create a cycle track which is suitable for our specially adapted cycles. This new route will follow the perimeter of the nature reserve allowing riders to enjoy the views, sounds and smells of the wild flower meadows, lowland scrub and the woodlands.”

– Ryan Dobson, Project officer for the Watchtree Wheelers


Cumbrian cycling charity awarded £50,000

A cycling charity in Cumbria has been awarded £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to secure the sporting legacy of the area.

Watchtree Wheelers Cycle Centre is one of 1,300 local sports projects across the country to have received money from the National Lottery.

The Watchtree Wheelers are the UK’s leading cycling facility within a nature reserve specialising in opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people.

The cycling charity was also involved in the build up to the London 2012 Olympics, having two members invited to carry the Olympic torch.

Rugby club's £50k grant

Carlisle's rugby union club is being given a grant of nearly £50,000 so they can upgrade the floodlights on their first team pitch.

The club secretary David Morton applied for the money Sport England's 'Inspired Facility Fund'.

The current lighting is 40 years old and well past its best. Mr Morton spoke to ITV Border about what this money means to the club: