Grant boost for tennis club

Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club has received a £35,000 grant.

The Hawksley Avenue-based club is one of 34 community sports groups in the East Midlands that has been celebrating after being offered a total of £1,645,759 in Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The tennis club will use the money to upgrade the club house, including a new central heating system that will reduce the running costs.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the East Midlands. This is why as part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme we invited community sports clubs to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities.”

Inspired Facilities has been designed to be as simple and accessible as possible for potential applicants, with a shorter form and a catalogue of ready-made options to choose from.

This is the first of five funding rounds of Inspired Facilities; the second round opens on February 1, offering hundreds more local groups the chance to bid for a further £10 million of funding.