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Your community sports club could be eligible for a £1,500 grant

Sports clubs and organisations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being offered cash grants of between £500 and £1,500 through the Mick George Sports Fund.
Squash Club
Swavesey Squash Club, near Cambridge, was allocated funding in recent months

Funding has previously been used by sports clubs and community organisations to improve their facilities and what they can offer to participants. Projects have included changing room improvements, clubhouse renovations and training or facility maintenance equipment.

In 2020, almost £50,000 was awarded to local organisations that aid health and wellbeing through physical activity and sport.

Bushfield Bowls Club, in Orton, was awarded £1,500 to help fund new filler for the bowling green ditches, as well as new playing equipment.

Another club, Swavesey Squash Club near Cambridge, was one of groups that Living Sport has supported through the Mick George Sports Fund in recent months. The club wanted to replace the on-court heating system and secured a £1,500 grant from the fund.

Ali Loke, club professional at Swavesey Squash Club, said: "The new heaters have transformed the on-court experience. Squash balls needs to be warmed up to play effectively and without adequate heating this is difficult to achieve, even for players who hit the ball very hard.

"Prior to the heating improvements, the club was extremely cold which we found would perhaps discourage new players. Since we upgraded our facilities, the club has blossomed and membership has grown significantly despite the difficulties with lockdown restrictions. We are so grateful for the support from Living Sport through the Mick George Sports Fund."

The next round of funding, being run through Living Sport, is now open, with deadlines for applications for the Mick George Sports Fund due to close on April 14.

Living Sport's chief executive Simon Fairhall said: "Already we’ve seen a fantastic level of interest in the Mick George Sports Fund and it is great to see so many local sports clubs and organisations getting involved.

"Living Sport is very proud to help support these groups through this fantastic collaboration with Mick George and can allocate funding for anything from small-scale facility improvements to equipment purchases which will enable the sports clubs and organisations to develop and potentially reach new audiences.

"Now that the roadmap out of lockdown has been announced including the safe return to play, there’s no better time to apply for this funding. If you have an idea or proposal, then we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to register your interest and submit an application."

To apply or to find out more, please visit the Living Sport website.