Community Association secures £50,000

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Conniburrow Community Association has secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

The project aims to replace the community centre/sports pavilion which was destroyed by fire in 2010. The new facility will provide a sporting hub for the community, and will focus on developing softball, baseball and football.

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

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Milton Keynes. 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.”

Joy Cowell, Chair of Conniburrow Community Association has said: “This is excellent news for our community, we are delighted. Conniburrow Community Centre and its sporting facilities, which was a vital facility at the hub of Conniburrow was destroyed in August 2010 by fire. The Sport England Award will be a welcome contribution to the restoration.”

MP, Mark Lancaster, said: “Mark said; ‘It is great news for Conniburrow to receive this funding to encourage the local community to immerse themselves in sport and the Olympics. I look forward to seeing how the sports facilities are used.”

The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.

The announcement was welcomed by the Local Government Association. Cllr Chris White, Chair of its Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “In spite of budget pressures, councils are striving to keep supporting local sports clubs and want to work with them in creating a lasting and meaningful Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This much-needed funding will hopefully act as a catalyst to further strengthen local partnerships between councils and sports clubs and get more people playing sport.”