Pool changing rooms to get overhaul thanks to huge cash boost

Daventry District Council has been awarded £200,000 to completely refurbish the changing rooms at the Daventry swimming pool.

DDC will receive their share of nearly £1.5 million worth of National Lottery funding from Sport England which will be given out across the East Midlands to improve artificial grass pitches and pool changing rooms.

Three quarters of people cited the quality of the pitch surfaces and the changing rooms as being important to their sporting experience, Sport England’s new improvement fund is therefore investing £1,498,567 million to improve these facilities.

Sport England property director Charles Johnston said: “As the research shows people have a better experience of sport when the facilities are good both on and off the pitch. These investments in artificial grass pitches and swimming pool changing rooms will have a big impact on sport in local communities.”

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “Protecting and improving local sport facilities is an important part of the legacy from 2012. This National Lottery improvement fund will create thousands more sporting opportunities for communities across the country encouraging people to get active and take up sport.”

Between now and 2017, Sport England will invest £45 million of lottery funding through the improvement fund into medium-sized projects to improve grassroots sport facilities.

Changing rooms and artificial grass pitches were chosen for the first round after they were identified by Sport England as improvements that could have an immediate impact on the number of people playing sport within a community.