Derek paid a visit to Runcorn Rowing Club on Wednesday 18th July to congratulate its members on securing £45,000 from Sport England's Olympics '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.
Runcorn Rowing Club will receive £45,000 of National Lottery funding towards Phase 2 of a development programme for improving facilities at the club. Runcorn's membership has grown significantly over the past few years and is continuing to attract local people of all ages into the sport of rowing. Amongst those who have trained at the club are junior world gold medal winner Rosa Atkinson, lightweight pair world gold medal winner Naomi Ashcroft, and current junior GB rower Annie Rogers, through to school children and adults learning to row for fitness and fun.
The improvements for Phase 2 include site survey and clearance, new modular buildings for debriefing and kitchen facilities, associated furniture and connection of utility services.
"It is great news that Runcorn Rowing Club has received this funding to improve its facilities. The Club is a great sporting asset to Halton and provides fantastic sporting opportunities to the local community. I look forward to seeing the new facilities once the work is done."
Sport England's Chair Richard Lewis said:
"This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Halton.
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."
Runcorn Rowing Club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefiting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities Fund. Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports group to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.