Ivybridge win share off Olympic Legacy fund
Ivybridge have landed Olympic Legacy cash from Sport England’s £150 million Inspired Facilities fund.

The club will receive £35,640 of National Lottery funding to extend its clubhouse at Filham Park.

Planned improvements include a balcony viewing area for spectators, additional toilets, a new scorebox and storage space for ground and training equipment.

Sport England’s chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Devon from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in the South West having benefited from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Jon Sparkes, the Ivybridge treasurer, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises for all our visitors and to provide us with enough space to safely secure all our coaching and ground maintenance equipment.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to make Filham Park an outstanding facility at which to play and watch cricket, and for the benefit o the whole community.

“It is great that the legacy of the Olympics can help with achieving that."

Councillor Dave Gray-Taylor, chairman of the Ivybridge Town Council parks committee, said: “This investment by Sport England into Ivybridge Cricket Club is excellent news for the club and the town.

“The council have been pleased to support the cricket club since their move to Filham Park three years ago and we will continue to work with them to improve Filham Park as a real community asset.”

More than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme.

Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.


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