Hilsea Lido Gets Olympic £50,000 Boost
|Published: 17th July 2012 08:01|
The groups that is working to re-open Hilsea Lido will receive a £50,000 legacy from this year's Olympics.
The Hilsea Lido Pool for the People (HLPP) Trust who want to re-open the pool for public swimming and a variety of water sports has secured funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark - celebrating the link to the Games.
Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust will receive £50000 of National Lottery funding to assist with the refurbishment of lido changing rooms, pool and plant room and will lead to the re-opening of Hilsea Lido. The award will provide
heated showers, lockers, replacement of plant room equipment and pool paint. Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Portsmouth"
"This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Portsmouth. It shows we're offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better."
HLPP Chairperson, Sabrina Richards, said: "We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means that we will get several steps closer to re-opening this terrific facility. Enabling an iconic sports facility in Portsmouth to be linked to the 2012 Olympics' legacy is a tribute to all our volunteers and supporters."
Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North said, "The story of the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust is truly inspirational; it just goes to show what is achievable through tenacity and hard graft. The successful bid by HLPP for the Sport England investment will go a long way to hitting their goals and objectives and brings the opening day for the Lido an awful lot closer."
Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million
funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.
Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: "This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games. It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport."