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Nottinghamshire rugby clubs to benefit from Olympic Legacy funding

20 October 2012

  • Council funding welcomed by West Bridgford
  • Nottinghamshire County Council helps grassroots sport

Nottinghamshire rugby clubs will have the chance to benefit from a £1 million Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund.

Nottinghamshire County Council has become the first local authority in the United Kingdom to respond to Lord Sebastian Coe’s legacy plea with investment plans to produce future sports stars in the county.

Nottinghamshire’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund features two streams of funding – Kick Start grants of £500 to £10,000 and Game Changer grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to help local sports organisations promote sport and nurture talent to find the sports stars of the future.

Lord Coe, chairman of the  London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “After an amazing summer of sport that inspired people across the UK we must now harness that interest and enthusiasm.

“This work, commitment and investment by Nottinghamshire County Council is a fantastic example of how a legacy for London 2012 can be created at a local level.”

There are an estimated 1,500 sports clubs within Nottinghamshire, included 29 rugby clubs who are members of the Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire RFU.

West Bridgford, who are looking to expand their Stamford Road clubhouse and increase its provision for girls’ rugby, is one of the clubs that might benefit from the council initiative.

West Bridgford chairman Dilwyn Evans said: “We welcome this investment in sport as it is needed to help realise the legacy of London 2012.

“We all watched and were inspired by the Games and it has generated more interest in our sport and others.

“Funding pots such as this can only help to develop our facilities and help us capitalise on this renewed interest in sport at grassroots level.”

The Kick Start funding is available to registered, constituted sports clubs providing funding from £500 to  £10,000.

Clubs will need to demonstrate how the funding will be used to support increased participation and/or improve the performance of club members. Kick Start will incorporate a fast track application process to ensure that funds are made available to clubs in a timely fashion.

The Game Changer funding will support clubs requiring a greater investment, from £10,000 to £50,000.

The Game Changer application process will be more detailed, and will include the requirement for a costed business case to be in place before bids will be considered.

The Game Changer stream will look favourably on projects where part funding is already committed from other parties.