Cash boost means a sporting legacy

Members of Blackpool Stanley Rugby League Club

Members of Blackpool Stanley Rugby League Club

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A NEGLECTED sports pavilion has been awarded a kickstart with a £47,000 grant from Sport England.

The windfall has enabled a full refurbishment of the building which had fallen into disrepair.

More than 60 young rugby players are among those who will be able to use the improved sports facilities.

Simon Hornby, chairman of Stanley Rugby League Club, which plays at the park, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our coaches, volunteers and young people.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics legacy.”

Blackpool Council entered into a new lease agreement with the club in 2010 after the pavilion had been left unused for 15 years.

Although some initial improvements had already been made, the latest cash injection will allow showers to be installed, an upgrade of the changing rooms and improved security.

The council helped the club apply for the funding.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “The club has more than 60 young members now, and it provides for them a real opportunity to channel their focus into competitive sport, improving their overall health and wellbeing as well as their future prospects in life.”

Sport England Chairman Richard Lewis said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Blackpool.

“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”