Broxtowe clubs are handed Legacy cash

The next beneficiaries of the Notts County Council Legacy Fund have been announced, with several clubs and organisations from Broxtowe set for a windfall.

The county council’s Culture Committee has today approved plans to award £387,477 from its Kick Start fund to around 70 sports clubs, and a further £33,640 from its Kick Start Rapid fund to a further 20 clubs.

The fund, set up following the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been hailed as a trailblazer by Lord Sebastian Coe who has said it is a ‘wonderful example of a local legacy fund’.

Among those to benefit in the latest round of Kick Start funding are:

Kimberley Institute Cricket Club - They will use the £3,363 given to them to make long-lasting improvements to the quality and availability of the cricket squares on both the grounds the club uses for its home matches and for coaching.

The aim is to improve the quality and amount of cricket played on each of them.

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC - The award of £8,000 will be spent on the The Stag Ground Kimberley.

Work will include re-seeding the pitch, re-tiling showers, refurbishing changing rooms, extending the referee’s room, putting up high level fencing, buying a new mower and 12 wheelie bins, plus the repair and renewing of the pitch barrier.

Awsworth Village Cricket Club - Their award of £6,304 will be used for the purchase of a new mower with fine turf attachments in order to maintain the cricket square, with their current mower no longer safe to use.

Phoenixwood Gymnastics Club - The Selston-based club have been given £6,435 which will be used to expand the skill development of their current and future members through the purchase of specialist equipment, and equipment for the expansion of their recreational coaching sessions, that are open to all and which follow the national governing body’s ‘Gymnastics For All’ initiative.

Those to get funding from the Kick Start Rapid initiative are:

Eastwood Victory Amateur Boxing Club - They have been given £731 to replace worn equipment and purchase new innovative apparatus, as well as to pay for coaching courses to attract increased membership.

Eastwood Antz Basketball Club - The continually expanding club has been given £380 to replace ageing equipment and acquire new kit and equipment such as training vests and basketballs.

Cllr John Cottee, culture committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted that the Sports Legacy Fund has captured the imagination of local people and it is superb that so many clubs took the time and effort to apply.

“We anticipated a need for sports funding following London 2012 and the response has been terrific.

“We are also determined to ensure we build on the legacy of the Games without delay.”