£100,000 grants for Dales groups

Two Derbyshire Dales sports organisations have received £50,000 from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy fund.

Wirksworth by Middleton CC and Brassington Recreation Ground Charitable Association will use the money to improve local sporting facilities.

Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club will carry out ground extension and improvement woks, which will enable greater flexibility and quality facilities for the expected rise in users.

And Brassington Recreation Ground Charitable Association will construct a new full size football pitch.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “When we speak about leaving a lasting legacy from hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games it’s about offering people more opportunities and better facilities to play sport, and protecting playing fields is central to this ambition.

“Thousands of sportsmen and women will now benefit from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields legacy fund seeing improvements to existing sites and bringing disused community playing fields back into use.”