By Ian Dipple Wednesday 14 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:49
ALMOST £400,000 has been invested into sports clubs and centres across Bromsgrove district to help ensure the legacy of last year's Olympic Games.
Sport England has awarded the cash from its Inspired Facilities fund to five projects in and around Bromsgrove, as part of a £1.8million cash injection into grassroots sport in the West Midlands.
The money was announced to coincide with the anniversary of the closing ceremony of London 2012.
South Bromsgrove High School received £150,000 which will be used to develop a full size floodlit astro turf pitch with changing facilities. It is planned the facility will become a hub of football development for the local area.
A total of £93,670 was also handed to Woodrush Sports Centre to refurbish its existing artificial sports pitch.
Barnt Green Sailing Club has been given £50,000 which will be spent on improving the changing rooms while over £40,000 was given to Bromsgrove and Redditch Mountaineering Club.
The money will be used to revamp their mountaineering hut in Tremadog, North Wales so it can be accessed by a wider range of people.
Matthew Thomas, chairman of BRMC, called it a milestone in the club's history.
"We look forward to improving hut facilities for existing users as well as increasing access and use of the facility through links with local education and community groups."
To celebrate a free taster session is being held by the club to introduce people to the sport and people should visit www.brmc-adventure.org.uk/contact to register their interest.
Redhill Archers, linked to Wythall Community Association, has also secured £50,000 which will transform the club's base to allow training to take place throughout the year, regardless of the weather.
The club moved to Wythall Park in 1971 and has grown from 12 founding members to a current shooting membership of 62 with 22 social members.
One of the aims of the new range will be to encourage people to take up the sport and a free archery session is being held tomorrow (Saturday) between 11am and 1.30pm at the park in Silver Street.
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Dave Harris, Redhill Archers Club chairman, said: "This investment means we can now bring our premises up to a quality which will encourage the beginner into the sport and the elite archer to reach new heights."
Sport England has also announced clubs will be able to bid for Inspired Facilities funding up until 2017 with an extra £40million of National Lottery money available to invest. Bids for the next round of allocations will be accepted from October 21, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities for more information.
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