£50k legacy to train sport stars of the future

Todmorden Sports Centre staff Natalie Clarkson, Alex Gray, Rachel Hudson, Kate Fentem, manager Nick Hartley (back) and gym users Maureen and Stewart Ward celebrate the �50,000 grant
Todmorden Sports Centre staff Natalie Clarkson, Alex Gray, Rachel Hudson, Kate Fentem, manager Nick Hartley (back) and gym users Maureen and Stewart Ward celebrate the �50,000 grant

TODMORDEN Sports Centre has been awarded £50,000 by a national organisation to help develop the sport stars of the future.

The Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund will be put towards upgrading the building and investing in a range of new equipment at the sports centre, on Ewood Lane.

Centre manager Nick Hartley said the plan is to extend the fitness facilities and triple the size of the gym by providing another 20 workout stations.

“It’s a huge boost for us and for Todmorden,” he said.

“We are quite fortunate to get the money.

“The purpose of the funding is to improve the facilities and try to get people to participate in sport and hopefully achieve their potential.”

The sports centre will be able to carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, celebrating the link to this summer’s Olympic Games.

Richard Lewis, chairman of Sport England, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Todmorden.”

Todmorden Sports Centre is one of 350 local community sports groups which have been offered a total of £17.4m in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.

Coun Pauline Nash, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “I am delighted that we have secured the Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to upgrade the facilities for the people of Todmorden.

“I would like to thank Sport England for its support.”