THREE sports groups across the Daventry area have been handed grants totalling more than £140,000.
The cash comes from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy funds, and will benefit Crick Athletic FC, Eydon Commnity Sports Field, and Brixworth Cricket Club.
The idea is to give communities across the region a sporting legacy from the Olympics and Paralympics.
Crick Athletic FC received their second £50,000 grant within 12 months.
This block of money is specifically earmarked for providing changing facilities at the village’s new multisports centre off the Yelvertoft Road.
The £50,000 grant the group received in the summer was used to provide new sports fields at the site.
Wilf Simms, who recently retired as secretary after 50 years, said: “We’ve done very well out of Sport England.
“The new football pitches are complete but we’re waiting for the grass to grow and bed in properly before we can use them.
“The new money is for multi-use games areas, known as MUGAS.”
In Eydon the community sports field has been given £38,904 with the committee charged with raising more cash to make the total up to £42,354.
Eydon Sports Field chairman Barry McRoberts said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to enable a broader range of activities to appeal to a wide age range in the Eydon area.
“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding community sports field pavilion and facilities for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
The money will specifically be spent on upgrading the sports pavilion, including providing mains electricity and water.
“A petanque pitch, lighting for the multi-use games area, purchasing a croquet set, provision of new flooring, repairing the roof, internal decoration and improvements to the kitchen and toilet facilities are all also planned.
Finally, Brixworth Cricket Club has also been given £50,000.
Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the area from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“With so many clubs in the East Midlands having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”
Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Tourism said: “Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy.
“This investment will improve facilities at local sports club across the country, encouraging participation and giving people more opportunities to get involved in sport.”