Little Lever Cricket Club secures £32,449 from sporting legacy fund

Little Lever Cricket Club who play in the Bolton League has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.


The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.


Little Lever Cricket Club will receive £32,449 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at the Victory Road ground, which has been helping thousands of local young people get into sport over the past 50 years. Among those who have played at the club are Steven O’Shaughnessy who started as a Junior and went on to play first class cricket for Lancashire CCC & Worcestershire CCC, Jason Whittaker who played at Cheshire CCC and Adam Worrall who is currently the captain of Cheshire CCC 2 XI.

The improvements include a new drainage system, removal and re-plant of new trees and a much needed resurfacing of the car park and driveway.


Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Little Lever and the Bolton District.


“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the North West. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”


Club Chairman, Ian Rushmore, said: “We are delighted to be a recipient of one of the first Inspired Facilities grants. This much needed grant will facilitate the upgrade of our premises, which will make a significant contribution to our strategic roadmap for the club. This grant will enable us to tackle structural deficiencies in our club environment which is a pre-requisite for the vision we have for the club in terms of extending our reach to the community and promoting increased youth participation. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club and we are very grateful to Sport England and the 2012 Olympics’ legacy”

A total of 632 sports groups from across the country applied to the first round of Inspired Facilities – while another 2,000 applications have been created by organisations looking to apply in the four remaining funding rounds.


Responding to the unprecedented demand, Sport England has announced that up to £7 million of additional awards will be made in the first round of investment decisions, taking the first round total to £17 million.


Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England.  We are working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.


LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: “This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games.  It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport.”



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