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
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
Applying for funding has never been easier.
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.