New temporary athletics facility will soon be up and running in Carlisle.
Following a successful grant application by Carlisle City Council and Caldew School to National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund, £25,000 has been awarded to the Dalston secondary school.
The recent storms and floods devastated homes, businesses and infrastructure across the country and also had major impact on sports facilities, particularly sports pitches and water sports centres. In December, Sport England launched the £200,000 Flood Relief Fund in a bid to help clean up and repair sports pitches and facilities and get them back up and running.
Work will soon start on the Caldew School improvements and will result in athletics training facilities being up and running for local sports clubs soon after Easter. In addition to improvements being made to the athletics ‘jumps and throwing’ areas, England athletics is also providing a temporary 60 metre sprint track for use at the site.
Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said: “We appreciate that sport isn’t a major priority when people’s lives, homes and businesses are at risk. But once communities are starting to get their lives back to normal, being able to use their local pitch or sports club as usual can make a real difference. By launching this fund quickly to help with clean up and repair costs, I hope we can give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about.”
Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure & Young People, said: “We are delighted that Sport England has awarded this funding to us which will allow us to work in partnership with Caldew School to provide temporary athletics facilities in Carlisle. Once completed, the Caldew School facilities are likely to be the best schools’ athletics provision in Cumbria and will provide a temporary site for athletics clubs unable to use the flood damaged Sheepmount. In addition to this successful funding bid, our staff have been supporting other sports clubs that were flood affected. Their help has been invaluable and I’d like to praise them for their hard work – it’s making a big difference.”
Chris McAree, Headteacher at Caldew School, said: “We are delighted to be able to accommodate the temporary facilities to allow the young people in the Carlisle and wider area to continue to participate and train in a wide variety of athletics. We hope that as a result of hosting these facilities more of our own students will also be inspired to take up athletics. The floods have devastated much of the local sporting infrastructure and as a school we are delighted to have been able to host these facilities to help aid in the recovery. It is essential that our young people are able to train and develop on high quality surfaces so that they can continue to compete with their peers nationally.”
About the Sport England Flood Relief Fund
Clubs, charities and similar organisations that will need help in restoring facilities are being encouraged to contact Sport England at to register their interest
Those needing funding to clean up and get up and running quickly can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded within three weeks.
The £200,000 National Lottery fund has been created specifically to help with the damage caused by the exceptional weather, and is in addition to Sport England’s other grant programmes which will continue to operate as normal. The fund will remain open until the 1 February to ensure that those who are currently unable to assess the damage will not lose out.
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