Stockport RUFC secures £50,000 from sporting legacy fund Under strict

July 17, 2012 3:31 PM

A rugby club in Stockport has secured 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.

Stockport Rugby Union Football Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the changing facilities at their Headlands Road site. The grant will provide a much needed face lift to the facilities and bring them up to a standard expected in the 21st century. The improvements will include increasing the size of the 2 main changing areas, 2 additional changing rooms, toilets, separate showers and storage. The funding will allow the club to grow all sections of the club with particular focus on veterans, women & girls and disabled participants.

Stockport Rugby ClubThe development follows considerable improvement of facilities over the past 3 years including new floodlights to a second pitch, the purchase and development of land off Wallbank Road to include a full size pitch and mini/junior training area and finally, the conversion of the old squash courts into a childrens soft play centre.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said:

"This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Stockport.

"This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the North West. 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."

Club Chief Executive, Stewart Bertenshaw, said:

"We are delighted to have secured this investment from Sport England. The grant will mean we can upgrade the standard of our facilities and ensure that participants have a quality experience when they visit Headlands Road. The investment will leave a lasting legacy from London 2012 and ensure that more people are playing and enjoying rugby at Stockport RUFC."

Local MP, Mark Hunter, said:

"This is excellent news for Stockport Rugby Club and it is well deserved following their success in becoming a National 2 team.
"The cash boost will be a great help, extending the current changing rooms and creating female showering facilities - crucially allowing women in the community to also get more involved.

"I have visited Stockport Rugby Club on a number of occasions and am well aware of the excellent work they do both on and off the pitch - indeed I have been spotted sporting the club tie in Prime Minister's Questions!

"Congratulations to all those involved in the successful bid and I wish the Club all the best as they continue to build on their strong reputation."
Stockport Rugby Union Football 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 Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.

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