Sports clubs to receive £200,000 cash injection

Four South Yorkshire community sports clubs are set to benefit from a share of more than £20 million of Olympic legacy funding.

Aston Hall Cricket Club, Wheatley Hills Doncaster RUFC, Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Club and Chapeltown and District Angling Association have been awarded a combined total of almost £200,000 to breathe new life into tired facilities.

The National Lottery investment comes from the Inspired Facilities Fund - part of Sport England’s Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. All the facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark- celebrating the link to the Games.

Aston Hall Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Sheffield, has been awarded £51,403 to extend its changing rooms, including the umpire’s room, and extend, reconfigure and refurbish toilet facilities.

A total of £42,000 will fund a club house extension and new roof for Wheatley Hills Doncaster RUFC.

Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Club, in Sheffield, has been awarded £61,820 for a new pavilion to replace the temporary building which has served the club since the original pavilion was lost in the 2007 floods.

Two fishing ponds, New Biggin reservoir in Barnsley, and Nancy Pond in Sheffield, will be renovated after Chapeltown & District Angling Association was given £37,504.

It follows the announcement thousands of young people in South Yorkshire have been inspired to get involved in sport thanks to Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative since July 2011. In the region, 2,734 young people have completed a six to eight-week coaching course in a sport of their choice.

Helen Cund, head of operations at South Yorkshire Sport, which runs Sportivate in South Yorkshire, said: “This is a fantastic boost for four of our local clubs.”