Downlands Community School Awarded £100,000 Of Funding From Sport England

Downlands Community School Awarded £100,000 Of Funding From Sport England

Downlands Community School is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport. Downlands Community School will receive £100,000 of National Lottery funding to construct a state of the art dance studio which will help local young people become interested and take part in all forms of dance.  The facility will also be available for use by local community groups.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs. It’s great to see Downlands Community School join the long list of successful organisations to benefit from this fund.”

Deputy Headteacher, Mark Wignall, said “The success of the bid is a fantastic example of Downlands working in partnership with its community to provide a much needed resource both for students and local people.  It cements Downlands place at the heart of our community.”

Local MP, Nick Herbert, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Downlands has secured this grant from Sport England.  This new facility will be a great resource for the pupils and the local community.  Well done to all concerned for putting together this successful bid, and I look to forward to visiting the new dance studio when it opens.”

SE_Lottery_Inspired-by-2012Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £20 million to help  upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit