Clubs benefit from Legacy grants

Two organisations from Broxtowe are among 20 community sports clubs who have been awarded the first slice of funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’s £1m Sports Legacy Fund.

Kimberley Netball Club and Priory Celtic Football Club will both receive grants from the council after tabling bids with the authority at the end of last year.

The county council received bids in excess of £1m from October 9 to the end of the year following the launch of the grassroots community sports fund just 12 weeks ago.

It has decided to seize on the enthusiasm generated by London 2012 and the volume of bids by approving some of the lowest level funds so that grant applications can be processed.

These were Kick Start Rapid grants worth between £500 and £2,000 with £28,000 having now been allocated.

Announcing the first successful recipients under Kick Start Rapid, Cllr John Cottee, Culture Committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted the Sports Legacy Fund has captured the imagination of local people and it is superb that so many people have taken 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 – which is why we are pleased to announce the first of the small scale grants.

“Congratulations to all of those successful applications – this money is sure to make a real difference and we look forward to looking at more of the bids in the coming weeks.”

Kimberley Netball Club received a grant of £1,900 and will use the money to purchase much-needed new netball equipment to enable new members to participate at the club, and to acquire specialist equipment to improve the performance of its athletes, thus developing the club and making it accessible to everyone in the community.

Priory Celtic received £330 and will hold after school training sessions at local primary schools (Larkfields and Gilthill)

The funds will ensure that the club’s volunteer coaches can provide quality training with safe kit and equipment such as balls, bibs and cones.

The sessions have a high “pass-through” rate for children joining sports clubs.

The county council’s sports development team will now begin to progress these first successful awards over the coming weeks.

For more details and to apply, visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website at: