GRANTS to two leisure groups in Pendle totalling over £90,000 have been made from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.
Foulridge-based Burwain Sailing Club’s training centre has been awarded £41,526, while Pendle Leisure Trust will receive £50,000 to help with the cost of improving faclities at Seedhill Fitness Centre, Nelson.
Pendle Council will match fund the grant to cover the cost of the work.
Pendle Leisure Trust’s Chief Executive, Phil Storey, said: “I am pleased to announce that we have been successful with our application from Sport England to resurface the running track and discus circle at Seedhill Athletics and Fitness Centre.
“Sport England has offered us a grant award of £50,000 towards the total project.
“In addition to this, we would also like to thank Pendle Council for its financial contribution and continued support in our partnership.”
Susan Slater, Executive Manager at Pendle Leisure Trust, added: “We are delighted that the athletics track at Seedhill has been selected for this funding. We are committed to providing sport and leisure facilities to all of Pendle’s local community.
“We hope this investment will make a real difference at both community and grass roots level for athletics in Pendle.
“It will benefit a large number of new and existing athletes and if we are to encourage more people to get involved in sport, then facilities need to be safe and of a good standard, so people of all ages feel motivated to return again and again.”
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson added: “This is great news from Sport England and follows other good news about sporting facilities across Pendle.
“The Olympic motto was to ‘Inspire a Generation’ and with the fantastic team at Pendle Leisure Trust, supported by Sport England, it’s definitely achievable.”