London Marathon Charitable Trust awards £2.5m to projects to get people active

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced awards of more than £2.5million for the creation or renovation of 31 facilities that will encourage and support participation in physical activity.

The awards include two of £500,000 – one to a joint Ealing and Hounslow Council project and one to Greenhouse Sports - in addition to a £150,000 grant to Enfield Council to create London’s first fully inclusive play area.

Ealing and Hounslow Councils were awarded £500,000 to build a brand new five-court sports hall in Gunnersbury Park as part of a scheme to transform the area into a regional community hub for physical activity and sport.

Greenhouse Sports, a charity which aims to help young people living in inner-city London to realise their full potential through sport, was awarded £500,000 to transform the deconsecrated Christ Church in a deprived area of Marylebone, Westminster into one of the capital’s major centres for community table-tennis. The new Greenhouse Sports Centre will also provide the opportunity for seated volleyball as well as offering judo and fitness training facilities for the community.

Enfield Council’s grant of up to £150,000 will be put towards London’s first Plan Inclusive Play Areas (PIPA) accredited playground in Albany Park. It will provide children with disabilities and long-term health problems the same opportunities for movement, physical activity and play as able-bodied children through a wide range of adapted and sensory equipment.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “In the past year, we have restructured our system to offer three levels of grants which are awarded on a quarterly basis, rather than annually. We are delighted to announce these awards which we believe will have a significant positive impact on participation in physical activity in those communities.

“At the beginning of our current financial year in October 2015, The Trust received a record £5.7 million as a result of London Marathon Events Limited staging of events for future grantmaking and we are actively seeking high quality applications from organisations that will get more people physically active.”

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the founders of the London Marathon, to meet one of their founding aims to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Their vision ensured that the profits from the London Marathon would go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.

The Trust currently provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities.

The Trust is able to distribute grants in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organises mass participation events: the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.

The total value of grants awarded by The Trust since 1981 is now over £62 million to more than 1,130 projects. The next deadline for applications for Small and Major Capital Grants programmes is 17:00 on Monday 18 July.

Grants awarded to date in 2015/16:
Location Grantee Description Award
Bexley Danson Sports FC Towards the refurbishment of a full-sized 3G football pitch at Danson Sports FC in Bexleyheath to improve participation opportunities for the local community. £19,999
Bexley Peabody Towards the purchase and installation of an outdoor gym by Peabody Housing Association, for use by residents in the densely populated area of Middleway, Thamesmead. £19,999
Bromley The Warman Sports Club Limited Towards changing room and clubhouse improvements at Warman Sports Club to make them more suitable for use by children and young people, women, and people with disabilities. £100,000
Bromley FC Elmstead Towards a new pavilion for FC Elmstead at Chislehurst Recreation Grounds in order to provide a fit for purpose building which will support the long term sustainability of the club. £19,999
City of London Fusion Lifestyle Towards the creation of outdoor gyms in three estates within the City of London to offer a range of community physical activity participation opportunities. £19,999
Croydon London Borough of Croydon Towards the creation of an inclusive playground in Old Coulsdon that has been designed to be accessible for children of all abilities. £19,999
Ealing Ealing Council Towards the development of a new five-court sports hall in Gunnersbury Park, which will transform the site into a regionally significant community hub for indoor and outdoor sport and physical activity. £500,000
Ealing Ealing Council Towards a new community hub building at Rectory Park, which will provide flexible indoor space suitable for a range of physical activities such as group exercise classes, yoga, pilates and chair based activities for older people. £100,000
Enfield Botany Bay Cricket Club Towards enlargement and refurbishment of changing facilities at Botany Bay Cricket Club to improve the participation experience and cater for the expanding female and junior sections of the clubs based at the site. £50,000
Enfield Enfield Council Towards creation of a fully accessible play facility in Albany Park which meets the Plan Inclusive Play Areas (PIPA) standard providing children with disabilities and long term health conditions with the same opportunities for movement and physical activity as other children. £150,000
Greenwich Colfeian Grounds Ltd Towards the installation of a new drainage system at Colfeian Grounds in Lee, which will increase pitch availability at the site and support the continued growth and success of the club. £18,293
Greenwich AHOY Centre Towards the cost of three RS Venture Keel Dinghies at the AHOY Centre in order to offer more high quality sailing opportunities across a range of disciplines to participants of varying ages and abilities. £10,799
Islington Islington Boat Club Towards the purchase of 16 mountain bikes for use in coach-training, maintenance and mentoring program by Islington Boat Club. £3,624
Lambeth Springfield Community Flat Towards the renovation of an adventure playground and outdoor gym equipment at the Stewart's Road Adventure Playground and Youth Centre site. £19,811
Lewisham Catford Wanderers Tennis Club Towards floodlights at Catford Wanderers Tennis Club in order to increase the available playing hours and diversify the club’s membership. £19,999
Lewisham Lewisham Council Towards a trim trail in Mountsfield Park to encourage local residents and park users to undertake more physical recreation activities and to enable use by local charities providing free fitness coaching. £15,000
Merton Merton Council Towards a Poolpod in Wimbledon Leisure Centre to ensure that people with limited mobility can access the swimming pool. £13,500
Richmond London Borough of Richmond Towards the installation of a new floodlit multi-use games area suitable for tennis and netball at Hampton Sport & Fitness Centre, which will host a range of community clubs, groups and activity programmes. £100,000
Southwark Downside Fisher Youth Club Towards the creation of a fitness gym, toilets and showers at Downside Fisher Youth Club  to help to encourage use of the gym by local inactive residents and to attract harder to reach older teenagers. £19,999
Southwark North Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club Towards the purchase and installation of floodlighting of two courts at North Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club, to increase after-school provision and non-member drop in sessions. £19,500
Surrey The Bishop Wand Church of England School Towards a new gymnastics facility in The Bishop Wand Church of England School for Spelthorne Gymnastics, Sunbury on Thames, in order to offer a diverse range of participation opportunities for children and young people. £250,000 and a £200,000 loan
Surrey Girlguiding Surrey East Towards a new Girlguiding residential building in Westcott, Surrey, (replacing an expired grant previously awarded in 2013) which will support the delivery of a range of physical activity and sport participation opportunities to children of varying ages. £100,000
Surrey Mickleham Children's Playground Association Towards the replacement of playground equipment, surfacing and fencing at Mickleham playground, a key facility for residents of three local villages. £19,999
Surrey Guildford Archery Club Towards an accessible piazza shooting range and perimeter fencing at Guildford Archery Club.  £14,441
Surrey Ripley Bowling Club Towards an automated watering system for a new outdoor bowling green at Ripley Bowling Club, which will improve the quality of participation opportunities offered by the club. £11,000
Surrey East Horsley Parish Council Towards a new skate park at Kingston Meadow in East Horsley, for the benefit of the local community, particularly children and young people. £10,000
Surrey Fullbrook School Towards perimeter fencing for a well-used floodlit 3G artificial turf pitch at Fullbrook School, New Haw. £10,000
Surrey Ewhurst Parish Council Towards the resurfacing of the community tennis courts in Ewhurst which will host a range of local and neighbouring residents and community clubs. (Withdrawn) £6,687
Tower Hamlets George Green's School Towards the upgrade of George Green’s School artificial turf pitch on the Isle of Dogs to make it more suitable for use by the local community through an innovative activity programme delivered in partnership with The Island Sports Trust. £150,000
Tower Hamlets Greenwich Leisure Ltd Towards the purchase and installation of a Poolpod in the refurbished Poplar Baths which will be used as part of a programme specifically targeting inactive community groups such as people with dementia. £15,000
Westminster Greenhouse Sports Towards the creation of an accessible community sports centre in the deconsecrated Christ Church creating a regionally significant table tennis, sitting volleyball, judo and fitness training facility for use by the local community. £500,000