Clubs share £2m Olympic legacy

Cllr Heather Smith with Chris Holmes, director of Northamptonshire Sports at Manor School, Raunds
Cllr Heather Smith with Chris Holmes, director of Northamptonshire Sports at Manor School, Raunds

A school, sailing club and bowls club are among the groups sharing £2million to improve their facilities.

The National Lottery cash has been awarded to groups including Manor School Sports College in Raunds, Cransley Sailing Club and Kettering Lodge Bowls Club. The money has come from Sport England’s Inspired Places project, which is part of the Places People Play Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Cransley Sailing Club has been given £49,950 to replace changing room facilities.

The improvements include new showers, toilets and non-slip flooring, as well as heating, and new electrics, insulated walls, roof and floors.

The club’s principal training instructor Nigel Austin said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade our clubhouse facilities for members and visitors to match the quality of our training dinghy fleet and our instructors. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding and accessible club to all.”

Others to get money include Kettering Lodge Bowling Club, which has been awarded £26,000, and Manor School Sports College in Raunds, which is getting £40,000.

The school was recently visited by county councillor Heather Smith and Northamptonshire Sport director Chris Holmes after the principal complained about a lack of cash for school sports.

Rushden Town Council receives £50,000.