Rushden bowls club gets £50,000 Olympic legacy

Members of Rushden Town Bowling Club in action
Members of Rushden Town Bowling Club in action

A bowling club has received a £50,000 grant to improve its facilities as part of the 2012 Olympics legacy.

Rushden Town Bowling Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The club based in Northampton Road, Rushden, will use the money to upgrade its changing rooms, toilets and reception office.

Club secretary Derek Eggleton said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises for everyone.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

The club has been in existence for more than 100 years and helped people of all ages to play the sport.

Inspired Facilities is a programme which funds the renovation and modernisation of local sports facilities.

It has helped more than 1,300 projects nationally to date by improving and refurbishing sports clubs or transforming non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

Sport England’s chairman Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Rushden.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in Northamptonshire who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

For details about applying to the Inspired Facilities Fund, go to

For more details about the bowling club, visit its website at