£250,000 boost for Island sport

By David Newble

Friday, June 27, 2014

 

£250,000 boost for Island sport

The grant will enable Island children to enjoy more sporting activites.

ISLAND sport is set to get a £250,000 cash boost thanks to the National Lottery.

The Isle of Wight Council has secured the money from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund to run a wide range of community sports and physical activities

The cash will also be used to expand the range of after-school sporting activities for young people.

The council's bid was one of just 88 projects across the country to receive a share of £15 million to support grassroots sport.

Cllr Shirley Smart, executive member for economy and tourism, said the funding would benefit the whole Island and hopefully motivate more people to get into sport.

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community sport, added: "The investment is making a real difference at a very local level.

"I’m particularly pleased more than half the funding is going to projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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