Ravenscliffe High School, in partnership with Calderdale Council, is among 324 local sports projects to secure a share of £17 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Sport England have awarded £113,882 to fund Community Sports Changing Facilities and storage for adapted bicycles at Spring Hall. The facilities will be fully accessible, DDA compliant, and will benefit the c30,000+ visitors who use the athletics track each year. The proposed facilities will form part of the new “Ravenscliffe@SpringHall” project; a brand new, purpose built sixth form and community learning centre
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs. It’s great to see Ravenscliffe join the long list of successful organisations to benefit from this fund.”
Headteacher, Martin Moorman, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can provide much needed community facilities as part of our new project. The community is at the very heart of our plans for Spring Hall, and the Sport England funding adds much needed capital and great prestige to the Project. The funding will help the local and wider sporting community, and will support Spring Hall in becoming an athletics facility for all, regardless of ability”
David Whalley, Head of Learning, said, “We are delighted that Sport England are supporting this project, there is real potential to provide a new and exciting resource that will benefit both the school and the wider community.
Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £20 million to help upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.
Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.