KC Active awarded £74,000 grant from Sport England

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A sports centre in King’s Cliffe has been awarded a £74,000 grant from Sport England so it can develop its tennis and netball facilities.

King’s Cliffe and Area Community Sports Project, known as KC Active, was one of 148 sports projects to secure a share of £10m of National Lottery funding as part of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

KC Active wants to use the cash to build two netball and three tennis courts, which will be floodlit and fenced, and thanks to this grant plus a £35,000 grant from East Northamptonshire Council’s community facilities fund, will be able to start work soon.

It hopes the new courts will be used by the newly-formed King’s Cliffe Back to Netball group, as well as a large number of local residents who have expressed an interest in improving tennis opportunities for children and young children, linking particularly with the King’s Cliffe Endowed School.

Simon Fairhall is vice-chairman of the charitable trust that runs KC Active.

He said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which together with the funds secured through East Northamptonshire Council means that we are so close to our target.

“We very much hope and expect to have new facilities in place by next summer, which will be a fantastic addition to our site providing more opportunities for more people from north east Northamptonshire to play sport in their local area.”

Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Tom Pursglove (Con) added: “I congratulate all those who worked so hard to secure this investment and I look forward to visiting in the near future.’

East Northamptonshire Council leader Steven North (Con) said the council was happy to financially suport the project, which he believes will make “an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing”.

KC Active opened last year and already comprises two football pitches, a clubhouse with function room, floodlit multi-purpose artificial pitch, playground, skatepark and was built after volunteers raised £1.7m.