Huddersfield-based Rugby League club Lindley Swifts will benefit from £41,304 of facilities funding from Sport England`s inspired facilities fund which has been granted to Birchencliffe Cricket and Athletic club.
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.
Birchencliffe Cricket and Athletic Club will now be able to build a much needed changing and shower facility.
The changing facilities will consist of home and away changing rooms with showers, referees changing room, toilets and a disabled changing area and storage.
The facility will sit alongside the current club house and will enable not only cricket to be played at the club but also Rugby league as a new cricket and rugby field has just been completed at the ground.
Birchencliffe junior football club will also be holding the mini`s games at the ground. Once the project is complete the club are looking forward to inviting other community groups to come along and enjoy their facilities.
The club have had overwhelming support for this project and have already secured partnership funding of a further £22,000 from Kirklees council`s capital investment fund and also further funding from Club`s own funds.
Club secretary Tony Brice said “On behalf of Bichencliffe Cricket and athletic club officials committee and members, we are absolutely thrilled and proud to have received this grant it will make the club one of the town leading sports and community clubs. Full credit to everyone who worked so hard to make this come to reality”
BCC and Lindley Swifts committee member Julie Whitaker said: “We are over the moon to have secured this investment.
“We are very excited to get both our juniors and open age playing Rugby League at the new ground for the first time ever.
“Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for the community to excel at their chosen sport and hopefully with the new grounds and changing facility we will encourage more young people to come along and enjoy the sports we offer”.
The Birchencliffe Cricket and athletic club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the inspired facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities.
You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities . Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012. For more information about sport England contact Natasha Quinn on 02072731889.