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Sport England Award £49,500 from Inspired Facilities Fund
Alford Sports Hall has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Alford Sports Hall will receive £49,500 of National Lottery funding to replace the deteriorated sports hall floor.  Alford Sports Hall is a multi-use and multi-sport facility which has been serving the community of Alford and surrounding area since 1996.  The improvements will replace the existing floor with a new seamless surface which will create an even playing surface and ensure the facility is open for generations to come.  

To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to a free taster session at 6.30pm on 14 August 2013 to try out badminton, table tennis and new age kurling. Please contact to register.

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

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

Sports Hall Chair, Peter Milson, said “This is a fantastic award and we are delighted that Sport England chose our application; we are now able to replace to floor which is a pivotal element to our existence.  There will be many local individuals and clubs who will benefit from the improved facility for their training or matches.”

Sports Hall Manager, Elaine Oatway, said “I am delighted to have secured this investment from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, which means the sports hall floor can be replaced.  This grant will enable generations of people from the Alford area to be inspired and participate in sport long into the future.”

Alford Sports Hall is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.  

Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the 21 October 2013.  
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Opening of Alford Sports Halls new floor by local golfer Ashton Turner