Angling clubs, schools and fisheries are being urged to come forward and apply for millions of pounds of free cash which is being offered as part of a government scheme to increase participation in sport.
Around £30m is still up for grabs as part of the Sport England Inspired facilities fund which was created in line with the 2012 Olympics to help organisations improve facilities with an aim of getting more people into sport.
As reported in the Angling Times a year ago, a £40m pot was originally available but only 32 out of the hundreds of clubs in the UK have since applied.
One of those who were successful in their bid was Nottingham Anglers Association. In July this year they received £50,000 to develop their Bestwood Duck Ponds coaching complex. Club President, Simon McCormac, was ‘delighted’ to secure the funding and has encouraged other clubs to put bids in if they haven’t yet done so: “The investment means we will have a dedicated Angling Coaching Centre to support our junior development programme. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Angling has benefited hugely from other forms of Sport England funding in recent times with £1.8m going to the Angling Trust last year to develop the sport and improve participation as a whole. On top of this numerous councils and clubs have also received thousands of pounds in small grants to fund angling based projects across the country.
Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline.
HOW TO APPLY
Sport England has put together a list of criteria to help fisheries and clubs. Applicants need to prove:
- How the project will attract more people in to the sport.
- Demonstrate that it is wanted by the local community.
- Explain how its running costs will be met and how it will remain open for years to come.
To find out more and bid, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
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