More than £100,000 of Olympic legacy funding goes to Redbridge sport and community projects
PUBLISHED: 16:44 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:54 08 August 2013
More than £100,000 of funding has been awarded to teams, groups and societies across Redbridge for inspiring sport, health and community projects.
Redbridge Council allocated chunks of the grant to applicants and more will be available in a second round of applications opening tomorrow.
The Vicarage Lane Play Park project, which plans to transform an empty plot of land in Ilford into a games area, play space and allotments, got the largest award of £18,500.
Roger Backhouse, secretary of the Vicarage Lane Play Park group, said the money would be used towards work starting next month on the games area and car park.
He added: “We are delighted with the contribution and it will be a great help.
Other projects benefitting from funding include £11,000 for pitch drainage at Woodford Rugby Football Club to cater for the club’s 18 teams, and opportunities for young people.
The Redbridge Amateur Boxing Club was awarded £15,000 to develop a new club and facilities in Clayhall Park, and the South Park Users Group got £15,000 towards a new multi-use games area.
Frenford Clubs will use the £9,000 grant to train young volunteers into qualified disability sport coaches and the Redbridge and Ilford Hockey Club are going to run more coaching sessions for new members with £4,225.
Funding will also go to the Fairlop Heritage Group for a new local history website and the Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club to install permanent challenges in Redbridge parks.
A new rowing club, beach sports facility, pre and post-natal exercise group and exercise programme for mobility impaired people also got a boost.
The second round of applications for the Olympic legacy finding will open tomorrow and run until October 21.
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