Clubs in England to afford refurbishments with funding

Bowling clubs across England have received a share of £17 million from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

With the support of Bowls England on club applications for the fund, many have secured the money needed to refurbish and develop their clubs.

Chacewater Bowls Club in Cornwall, was among the successful projects and will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to help demolish and rebuild the club house and renovate facilities.

Club President Barrie Tippett said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can completely rebuild our facilities. Our current space will be demolished at the end of the season in September and the new club house and facilities will be built for the start of 2015.

“We would like to thank Bowls England for their support of our application.”

Peacehaven & Telscombe BC, in Sussex, has been awarded £27,573 towards the costs of a pavilion extension that will enable the club to offer short mat bowls to its members year long.

Club Secretary Frank Leach said: “The extended facilities will enable our members to bowl all year and allow the club to prosper for this and future generations.”

Since 2011, Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund has been helping to breathe new life into community sports facilities. A huge £88 million was invested into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs, and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The provision of advice to affiliated clubs on various funding opportunities is just one of the many services that we offer.

“We are delighted that our clubs have been able to secure support from the Inspired Facilities Fund to enable them to develop their facilities and we will be pleased to offer assistance to potential future applicants.”

Funding was also secured by the following clubs towards a variety of improvement initiatives:

  • Carlisle Subscription BC, Cumbria (£49,714)
  • Barnwood BC, Gloucestershire (£48,000)
  • Portchester BC, Hampshire (£22,565)
  • Bromyard BC, Herefordshire (£49,125)
  • Sandown BC, Isle of Wight (£50,000)
  • Walpole Bay BC, Kent (£28,600)
  • Shepshed Town BC, Leicestershire (£50,000)
  • Northampton Express BC, Northamptonshire (£26,605)
  • Guisborough Priory BC, Yorkshire (£48,799)
  • Northallerton BC, Yorkshire (£47,709)

For more information or to apply for the fund, click here.