More than £800,000 has been awarded to community sports projects in London, Surrey and South Northamptonshire in the latest round of grants from The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
The grants include £150,000 to the Claremont Project to help turn the Islington community centre into a building more suitable for the elderly and vulnerable, while Corbets Tey School, in Havering, receives £50,000 towards an indoor soft-play facility for use by pupils and other community members with complex learning and physical needs.
Paul Stanfield, Chief Executive of the Claremont Project, said: “We are truly delighted The London Marathon Charitable Trust is supporting our building’s transformation and it will make a huge positive impact on many lives.
“True to the spirit of the London Marathon, our activities are about aspirational physical endeavours as well as real friendship and mutual support. We look forward to facilities which will enhance and extend our provision to older Londoners and build upon the principle that we all matter as human beings and can flourish together.”
Emma Allen, Corbets Tey School headteacher, added: “We are so pleased and grateful to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for its generosity in supporting our school.
“This will not only provide a facility that all users can access to increase their physical health through regular exercise, but also enhance learning and development opportunities though interactions with their peers, teaching staff and with their environment. The new facility will allow the school to extend use of the facilities to the local community, thereby improving physical and social opportunities for many more young people with learning and physical challenges.”
Other major grants include £100,000 each to Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club – towards improvement of 10 tennis courts across three sites in Kingston-upon-Thames – and to Eltham College in Bromley, who are partnering with Blackheath & Elthamians Hockey Club to develop a new artificial hockey pitch that will be used by the community for coaching children, young people and those returning to the sport.
In total, 18 grants were awarded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust totalling £816,968. £539,968 of those grants were awarded to projects in London boroughs, £267,000 to five projects in Surrey and a grant of £10,000 awarded to Middleton Cheney Parish Council in South Northamptonshire for playground improvements.
The Trust supports organisations with a clear commitment to getting people more active and effective strategies for helping people to build physical activity into their daily lives. The funding goes towards providing new and improved facilities which encourage and support people who are currently inactive to participate regularly in physical activity, sport and play.
Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Our grants programmes are aimed at supporting projects that help get people of all ages and abilities off the couch and participating in a wide range of sports and physical activities and there are some fantastic examples of this in the latest round of grants.
“From the Claremont Project looking to deliver services for the older and more vulnerable people of Islington to the indoor soft play facility at Corbets Tey School for use by children and young people with complex learning and physical needs, these are projects that truly reflect The Trust’s commitment to getting more people active.”
The full breakdown of grants awarded is as follows:
||Towards major improvements to the community hockey facilities at Eltham College including the development of a new training area which will support coaching sessions for children, young people and ‘back to hockey’ sessions for adults
||Greenwich Leisure Ltd
||Towards the development and piloting of a training and resource package for swimming pool operators and their staff to increase usage of PoolPods and other accessibility devices
||London Playing Fields Foundation
||Towards security measures including CCTV and electronic gates at the London Marathon Playing Fields in Greenford
||London Borough of Haringey
||Towards a sprung wooden floor for the indoor gym at Highgate Primary School to enable expansion and development of the current community programmes for children, adults and families
||Corbets Tey School
||Towards a soft-play facility at a specialist college for communication and interaction which will enable the school to offer a wider range of play-based activities to pupils and to the wider community including other schools and organisations
||Our Barn Youth Club
||Towards the Buddy Bikes Scheme to create a community resource which will allow anyone to enjoy cycling
||Towards refurbishment and accesibility improvements at a community centre in the heart of Islington, making the building more suitable for older and vulnerable service users
||London Borough of Islington
||Towards the Caldy Walk project which will transform a dilapidated space at the Marquess Estate into a colourful, stimulating and safe play area for local children and young people
||Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club Ltd
||Towards significant improvements to 10 dilapidated tennis courts across three sites in Kingston-upon-Thames, bringing the courts back into regular community use
||London Borough of Southwark
||Towards the re-surfacing of the pen area multi-sports surface at Pilgrims Way School to support the delivery of a wide range of sport and physical activity sessions for participants including disabled people and members of the local community
||The Salmon Youth Centre
||Towards the facility improvements at Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey to enable young people including women and girls and those from ethnic minorities, alongside community groups and local partners, to access and participate in sport and physical activity opportunities
||Middleton Cheney Playground Improvements Team
||Towards the purchase and installation of a Calisthenics Centre at playing fields in a rural part of South Northants with limited outdoor public fitness facilities
||West End Bowls Club
||Towards a clubhouse extension at West End Bowls Club in Surrey Heath to enable the club and local organisations to offer year-round short-mat bowls
||Abbey Rangers Football Club
||Towards the development of a new full-size floodlit artificial turf pitch at Abbey Rangers Football Club in Addlestone
||Egham Cricket Club
||Towards the refurbishment of an ageing clubhouse and the installation of a new accessible toilet
||Camberley Rugby Football Club Ltd
||Towards a new self-contained female changing room
||Surrey Hills AONB Board, Surrey County Council
||Towards the creation of a 90km network of off-road cycle trails in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to support people of all ages and ability to get active using easy to access routes free of charge
||The Fourth Feathers Youth and Community Centre
||Towards the purchase and installation of a climbing and bouldering wall for the Olympic-inspired ‘Faster Higher Stronger’ project delivered by the Fourth Feathers Youth Club
The London Marathon Charitable Trust provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in physical activity, sport and play.
The deadline for the next application for grants is 17:00 on Tuesday 17 October and The Trust is actively seeking high quality applications from eligible organisations.
For more information on the Trust or the Capital Grants programmes, please visit www.lmct.org.uk or email [email protected]