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Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club Secures

£50,000 from sporting legacy fund

                                           Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s 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.

                                           Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at the gym, which has helped
                                           thousands of local young people get into sport since it opened its doors in 1996. Many of those who have trained at the club have gained                                            places in Great Britain and England Squads over the years. The improvements include completion of renovation work including installing
                                           a new reception area, creating a multifunctional activities room, cloakrooms, spectator seating and a sprung tumble track.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Bury St Edmunds.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the Eastern Region. 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.”

Club Chairman, Ken Neale, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the range of quality gymnastics activities that we offer. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

David Ruffley MP said: “I am very supportive of any organization that encourages sport and exercise. I am delighted that Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club has been awarded £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

I greatly look forward to seeing the club grow from strength to strength and to get even more young people out to discover new skills.”

                                                                The project will also benefit from additional funding from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, Sport England’s corporate
                                                                 partner for the Inspired Facilities fund.

                                                                Pete Constanti, Chairman of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said: “In Olympic year, we’re really pleased to be able to
                                                                 award £12,000 to Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club to help improve their facilities as they continue encouraging more
                                                                 children to get involved in sport, who might otherwise not be able to.  We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of applications for our grants and the Fund, which highlights the amazing work being done by volunteers in sports clubs up and down the country.”

The Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club 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 23 July 2012.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.

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.”