Sport England revealed that more than 1.300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery Funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.
Liverpool Sailing Club will receive £50000 of National Lottery funding which together with work by voluntary members and supporters to the value of £44000 will enable the club to be supplied with mains electricity.
The club was destroyed by arson in 2000 and was rebuilt on its original site on the Speke/Garston Coastal Reserve near Speke Hall, and opened by HRH The Princess Royal in October 2008 afterwight years of hard work by the surviving members and supporters.
Speke Airport relocated so electric and telephone supplies were lost, and the club currently relies on a small wind turbine for its needs. This has proved woefully inadequate, expensive, and has restricted the development of activities at the club.
The club has always, and is very actively involved with Peel Holdings (the tandowners), Liverpool City Council, and The National Trust (Speke Hall ), in encouraging the community to use the surrounding Coastal Reserve area for healthy outdoor recreation in a safe secure environment.
Some of the new access works will be completed shortly, and when the electricity supply work to the club is completed then announcements will be made to the community to encourage participation in all the sports on offer.
Contact can be made through the club web site www.liverpoolsailingclub.org.
Sport Englands Chair, Nick Bitel, said ; “ A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery Invesment is helping us to deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Liverpool and Merseyside region.With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in Liverpool region who play such a vital role in grass roots sport “.
Maria Eagle, MP for Garston and Halewood. , said; ” I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Liverpool Sailing Club on the award of a Sport England grant to provide mains electricity to the clubhouse. I know this will mean a great deal to your members and will hopewfully provide a more secure and promising future for the club. I know how hard you have all worked to achieve this and it is a suitable award for all the effort and dedication of the members and officers of Liverpool Sailing Club. Very well done."
Rob Monaghan, Liverpool City Council, Head of Gateways , said ;” This award to Liverpool Sailing Club is fantastic news. The club sits at the heart of a multi-agency initiative to deliver a fabulous Coastal Reserve destination at South Liverpool and this level of funding will allow the sailing club to take a huge leap forward in it's contribution to activites on the reserve.”
Eddie Sabino, Liverpool Sailing Club Commodore , said ; “ One of the final restrictions on the development of the club will be removed with the funding provided, which will enable us to firmly plan increased activities in all aspects of our sporting provision”