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GRANTS totalling £47,390 have been awarded to 64 sports clubs and community groups across Derbyshire to help promote healthy and active lifestyles.

They were handed out in the second round of Derbyshire County Council’s £180,000 Sports Action grant scheme.

The groups all made successful applications to the fund, launched last October.

Bids are invited for grants of up to £1,000 for groups to provide activities that encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activities.

Projects to benefit included building refurbishment, improvements to pitches and training areas, new equipment, coaching courses and website development.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for public health Coun Carol Hart said: “We’ve been delighted with the interest shown in our Sports Action Grants since they were launched in October and I’m very pleased to approve grants totalling almost £50,000 to support 64 more local groups and clubs in the second round.

“It’s fantastic to see the range of additional activities which will be available to encourage healthy and active lifestyles to even more local people thanks to this funding.”

Bamford Lawn Tennis Club was awarded £940 to buy three tennis posts, nets and adjustable centre bands for newly-refurbished tennis courts.

Bolsover District Bowls Development Group received £987 to develop the junior section of the club and promote bowls in primary and secondary schools. Funds will also be spent on junior equipment.

And Bolsover District Cycling Club has been allocated £1,000 towards the purchase of a box trailer and security locks to transport bikes and equipment for coaching sessions, events and competitions.