East Northants sports charity receives funding boost

KC Active hopes to build three floodlit tennis courts

KC Active hopes to build three floodlit tennis courts

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An East Northants sports charity is hoping to build new tennis and netball courts after being awarded £74,015 of National Lottery funding.

Kings Cliffe & Area Community Sports Project, known as KC Active, is among 148 projects to secure a share of Sport England’s fund.

The group is proposing to build two netball courts to cater for the newly-formed Back to Netball group and three floodlit tennis courts to improve opportunities for young people, linking with Kings Cliffe Endowed School.

Charity vice-chairman Simon Fairhall says he hopes the courts will be built in time for next summer.

He said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which together with the funds secured through East Northamptonshire Council means that we are so close to our target and we very much hope and expect to have new facilities

in place by next summer.

“This will be a fantastic addition to our site providing more opportunities for more people from north-east Northamptonshire to play sport in their local area.

“It also means we can turn our attention to our next planned development.”

MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove said: “I was delighted to hear Sport England are to invest in sporting facilities in Kings Cliffe.

“In the Chamber of the House of Commons, I have regularly stressed the importance of people of all ages being able to participate in sporting activities in their local area.

“This grant will make this a reality for the residents of Kings Cliffe and I am sure it will benefit the wider Northamptonshire community too.

“I congratulate all those who worked so hard to secure this investment and I look forward to visiting in the near future.”

Leader of East Northants Council Cllr Steven North said: ““We were very happy to financially support this project with money from our Community Facilities fund.

“I am sure the new courts at Kings Cliffe Active will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing.

“It’s these kinds of projects which help communities grow and thrive and I look forward to seeing you all enjoying the new facilities.”

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