GRASSROOTS sports clubs in Camborne and Hayle can finally upgrade their facilities after being awarded a share in £1.6 million in grants.
Camborne Rugby Football Club and Mount Ambrose Cricket Club, in Redruth, have been awarded £50,000 each by Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
Camborne Bowling Club secured £40,000 and Hayle Tennis Club received £46,000 in grants.
They join 34 other sports projects in the south west which shared £1.6m to improve their local sports facilities.
Camborne Rugby Club’s chairman, Jason Mitchell, said: “The grant will allow us to carry out essential refurbishment works to the roof and building fabric to ensure that the clubhouse continues to be the focal point for our club and wider community for many years to come.
“The award will also help us to modernise our changing facilities for the benefit of all our playing members young and old.”
New players aged 15-18 are welcome at a two-day summer camp at the club on August 29 and 30, while junior-age boys and girls can attend a registration day on September 8.
Mount Ambrose Cricket Club will use its grant to pay for a new community and sports pavilion.
Club chairman, Tim Brokenshire, said: “It was inevitable, that in time we would have to replace our changing facilities, and social amenities.
“Thanks to the hard working members of our club, that dream will be sooner than expected.”
Camborne Bowling Club’s grant will go towards the £64,000 cost of replacing its “primitive”, outdoor toilet block, with indoor facilities that will include excellent provision for the disabled.
Hayle Tennis Club will create a new clubhouse to replace its ageing Portacabin.
Acting club chair Lesley Townend said: “ This is a tremendous boost for our club.
“The old portacabin has served the club well for 17 years, but last year’s exceptionally wet weather brought it to a critical state so news of our successful bid has come at the perfect time.”
To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to a free taster session on August 17 at the club on Tremeadow Terrace to try out the sport.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01736 762160 to register.
Sport England has announced that it has committed a further £40m of National Lottery funding to extend the Olympic legacy fund to 2017.
Sport England chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facilities in hundreds of communities.”