Chelmarsh Sailing Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games.Chelmarsh Sailing Club will receive £36,011 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at Chelmarsh reservoir, which has helped thousands people get into sport since it opened its doors in the early 1960's. 

Among those who have trained at the club are Penny Clark, who represented Team GB at the Beijing Olympics.

The improvements include repairs to the floating pontoons at the sailing club and improved safety boats.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for the Bridgnorth area.

"This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Shropshire and the West Midlands. It shows we're offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better."

Club Commodore, Pete Wilson, said: "We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the facilities we provide to match the quality of the sailing offered at Chelmarsh Sailing Club. It is the cornerstone of our strategy for the future to provide an outstanding club where the community can enjoy the sport of sailing. We are now assured of a lasting 2012 Olympics' legacy."

Philip Dunne MP said: "I am delighted that Chelmarsh Sailing Club's role in providing quality training has been so well recognised by the Olympic Legacy Funding body to encourage the next generation of sailing talent, even in land locked counties like Shropshire."

Chelmarsh Sailing Club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.

LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: "This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games.  It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport."

For further information Chelmarsh Sailing Club and learning to sail, please visit www.chelmarshsailing.org.uk