Sporting success on the cards thanks to grants

Sheffield FC Futsal's team in action, including, centre, team manager Richard Moore
Sheffield FC Futsal's team in action, including, centre, team manager Richard Moore
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Sports clubs across South Yorkshire are celebrating a slice of £1.6 million worth of grants to improve facilities around the county.

Ten projects are receiving a share of the cash from Sport England’s inspired facilities fund.

Grants allocated include £48,200 for Mexborough Miner’s Welfare and Recreation Ground.

Barnsley Gymnastics Club receives £50,000 for new equipment and Bradfield Village Fellowship Cricket Club gets the same amount to improve the club’s facilities.

Sheffield Tigers rugby union club is to benefit from a grant of nearly £35,000, while Brodsworth Miners Welfare is receiving £42,500.

Sheffield Council has received £150,000 towards the refurbishment of Woodbourn Road athletics stadium ahead of the closure of the nearby Don Valley Stadium in the city next month.

Mike Corden, City of Sheffield Athletics Club chairman, said: “The city should be well served at the refurbished and dedicated athletics arena, Woodbourn Road.”

Abbeydale Park Sports Club in Dore, Sheffield, has received £50,000 towards the relocation of the London 2012 Olympic hockey pitch to South Yorkshire.

The blue artificial turf with its pink surround – nicknamed the ‘smurf turf’ – was one of the stand-out images of the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford and has now made the 163-mile journey north from the Riverbank Arena to Sheffield.

And Sheffield FC’s futsal team has been awarded £48,299 to buy a portable futsal floor and make The ‘Blue Shed venue space on Brightside Lane, Attercliffe, into a new home.

Futsal is a variant of five-a-side football, played on a small pitch, mainly indoors, with a heavier ball.

Richard Moore, team manager, said: “The funding provided by Sport England is vital to enable us to develop futsal both at the elite level, allowing us to host National League Futsal in The Blue Shed, a specialist spectator-friendly venue, and at the grass roots to inspire more young people to take part in this exciting sport.

“We are proud to be a part of Sheffield FC, the ‘world’s first football club’ and we are confident this funding will help us lead the development of futsal in this country, as it did in football back in 1857.”

Nick Bitel, Sport England chairman, said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facilities in hundreds of communities.

“The great news for sports clubs across the country is we’re putting an extra £40 million into Inspired Facilities so many more projects will benefit in the coming years.”

Other beneficiaries include St Vincents’ Amateur Boxing Club, based on Solly Street in Sheffield city centre, which receives more than £45,000.

Where the money is going

Abbeydale Park Sports Club, Dore, Sheffield – £50,000;

Barnsley Gymnastics Club – £50,000;

Bradfield Village Fellowship Cricket Club, Low Bradfield, Sheffield – £50,000;

Brodsworth Miners’ Welfare – £42,500;

Mexborough Miner’s Welfare and Recreation Ground – £48,200;

Nether Edge Bowling Club, Sheffield – £50,000;

St Vincents’ Amateur Boxing Club, Sheffield city centre – £45,337;

Sheffield Council – £150,000;

Sheffield FC Futsal – £48,229;

Sheffield Tigers RUFC – £33,700.