Notts’ £1m sports fund

LORD Sebastian Coe has welcomed news that Notts County Council is poised to become the first local authority in the UK to respond to his London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy plea.

Thursday, 25th October 2012, 4:00 pm

The authority looks set to launch a £1 million Olympic and Paralympic Legacy pot to help produce future sports stars in the county.

The pot would feature two funding streams – Kick Start grants of £500-£10,000 and Game Changer grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to help local sports organisations promote sport and nurture talent.

They were due to be discussed by the council’s policy committee on Wednesday 17th October as the Guardian went to press.

Lord Coe, who led the London organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “This work, commitment and investment by Notts County Council is a fantastic example of how a legacy for London 2012 can be created at a local level.”

Coun John Cottee, the county council’s culture committee chairman said: “Community based sports clubs play a crucial role in providing positive and health promoting activities for their members, many of whom are children and young people. Our findings found evidence that funding is much needed.”

“The scheme will be designed to support local sports clubs to retain and grow membership, and will focus on supporting clubs to buy much needed equipment, and to support small or medium sized capital facility improvements.”