The changing rooms, showers and toilets, along with all the lighting in the clubhouse, have been upgraded as part of Sport England's Inspired Facilities programme using money from the National Lottery to build a legacy following the 2012 Olympic Games.

The facilities are shared by Elton SC and Bury Angling Association. The Secretary of Elton SC David Smith paid tribute to the local businesses who had worked with the club and its teams of volunteers to make every penny of the grant count. In particular he singled out Andy Yates who had done the electrical work that should help to reduce the club's £6,000 a year electricity bill.

He said the new changing rooms had been designed to be easy to clear and the club had particular help in obtaining the right flooring to suit the purpose.

He also thanked RYA Regional Development Officer Adam McGovern for his guidance in the preparation of the grant application.

Mr Smith said the club was in use nearly every day of the week from April to October by groups including Greater Manchester Scouts, the Princes Trust, Bolton Triathlon Club and a cycling group, as well as for sailing club events.

The Rear Commodore in charge of Works, David Moore advised any organisation doing such refurbishment to use local firms: "Because you get such great service."

After cutting the ribbon, the Mayor toured the new facilities and saw the high-tech water processing system that has been installed.

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 £102 million into more than 1,920 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

“It’s great to see Elton Sailing Club & Bury Angling Association join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open.

Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £5 million to help upgrade facilities that are currently unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport. 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.