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£50,000 Olympic boost for Terrington Village Hall

Olympics 2012

12:02am 17th July 2012

A North Yorkshire village has managed to secure Olympic legacy funding from the Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund, to improve the facilities at its village hall and sports ground.

Terrington Village Hall & Recreation Ground Trust will receive the maximum award of £50,000 to create modern changing and shower rooms for the community to benefit from - not least the players and officials of Terrington Football Club, who have recently been promoted to York Engineering League Premier Division.

Part of a dedicated £135 million Places People Play legacy programme, the National Lottery award will also benefit Terrington Primary School, whose pupils currently have to use the snooker room and cloakroom as changing rooms.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said:

"This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for the Howardian Hills area of Ryedale.

"This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Yorkshire. It shows we're offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better."

Ian Hughes, Chairman of the trust said that:

"This funding from the National Lottery gives us a unique opportunity, driven by the success of our local football team, to develop our facilities from a village hall with a football field and tennis courts into a local sporting venue suitable for hosting larger regular sports and one off sporting events for the whole community".

North Yorkshire County Councillor, Clare Wood, using a football euphemism, stated that she was "over the moon with the result".

The Headmistress of Terrington Primary School, Sarah Moore, commented "As a school we are really excited by the prospect of improvements to our village hall sports facilities. We regularly use the venue for PE and other curriculum events and it is of huge benefit to both Terrington Primary School and our partner school".

LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said:

"This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games.  It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport."

Terrington Village Hall & Recreation Ground Trust is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23rd July 2012.

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