Sports Legacy Fund has now topped £1m bids

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Bids worth more than £1m have now been made to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Sports Legacy Fund.

Nottinghamshire County Council launched the £1m fund about two months ago offering two streams of funding to help sports organisations support sports development across the county.

The £1m Olympic and Paralympic Legacy pot features two streams of funding – Kick Start grants of £500-£10,000 and Game Changer grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to help local sports organisations promote sport and nurture talent to find the sports stars of the future.

There have been 56 Kick Start and Kick Start Rapid bids and 21 Game Changer bids totalling £1,044,952. More than 20 sports ranging from cricket and boccia to football and water polo have tabled bids.

There have already been 77 bids made to the county council’s sports development team for funding, with a district-by-district breakdown below:

Ashfield – 6

Bassetlaw – 10

Broxtowe – 11

Gedling – 6

Mansfield – 8

Newark and Sherwood – 22

Rushcliffe – 14

In terms of the legacy, there are an estimated 1,500 sports clubs within Nottinghamshire with membership numbers ranging from 20 to 1,500 across a wide range of sports.

Chris Rolle, Sports Development Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted with the level of response so far from a wide selection of sports and we look forward to being able to support a number of clubs in the new year with their projects.”

Coun John Cottee, Culture Committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted that we have now taken bids totalling more than £1m. There has been a fantastic response from people to our Sports Legacy Fund and we are delighted that we have received bids from every district across Nottinghamshire, and from a range of different sports.

“We were determined to respond to Lord Coe’s plea to the nation to capitalise on an unforgettable summer of sport and we firmly believe this funding can have a lasting legacy for a golden future of sport in Nottinghamshire.”

The scheme is being viewed nationally as a trailblazer, and has been backed by Sport England and also by Lord Sebastian Coe who endorsed the county council’s scheme when it was first announced and said: “This work, commitment and investment by Nottinghamshire County Council is a fantastic example of how a legacy for London 2012 can be created at a local level.”

For more details and to apply visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website at: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/legacyfund