MELLOR & Townscliffe Golf Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. The club will receive £52,755 of National Lottery funding to refurbish the clubhouse and provide access to the premises, which celebrated its centenary in 1994. The clubÊis an important player within the local community, but is under-utilised and it is hoped the repair of the access road and car park will encourage members and visitors from the local community to make full use of the picturesque course.
The improved access will also provide a safe highway for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, as well as improving access to the local scout camp. Delivering the project will ensure the club can maintain, nurture and develop its junior development programmes and also formalise and improve its work to attract more 18 – 40 year olds. The committee is keen to create opportunities for all members of the community to access the course and clubhouse.
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs. It’s great to see Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.
Club president, Graham Davenport said: We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises and access to the clubhouse to match the quality of our course. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club as part of the 2012 Olympics legacy. The club had a close relationship with long-standing but recently retired MP, Andrew Stunnell who supported this project. He described the announcement as Excellent news.
Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme, which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.