London Marathon Charitable Trust awards £265,000 to Surrey projects

More than £265,000 has been awarded to Surrey based sports projects today (Tuesday 25 July) by The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The Trust’s Board has agreed the funding for five projects in Surrey to provide facilities to increase physical activity, sport and play. The successful projects are:

  • £100,000 to West End Bowls Club, Surrey Heath, to extend their current clubhouse to offer year round short mat bowls and low impact exercise classes aimed at getting older people more physically active.
  • £75,000 to Abbey Rangers Football Club, Addlestone, to develop a new full size floodlit artificial turf pitch enabling the football club and a new secondary school to offer year-round coaching for the local community.
  • £43,000 to Egham Cricket Club towards refurbishing the clubhouse and installing accessible facilities to get more people participating in cricket, particularly women and girls and those with a disability.
  • £30,000 to Camberley RFC towards a new self-contained female changing room to improve the facilities for women and girls at the club and attract new participants.£19,000 for the Cycle Surrey Hills project to create a 90km network of off-road cycle trails in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by installing new signs along existing bridleways and byways and improving access for local people and visitors.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust accepts applications from projects located in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organises mass participation events.

Since the first Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling in 2013 more than £2.5million has now been awarded by The Trust to 72 projects across Surrey.

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of The London Marathon Charitable Trust said:

“We’re delighted to provide support to these great projects across Surrey. All of them will support our aim to get more people physically active and playing sport.”

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“These grants are great news for good causes in Surrey aiming to get more people taking part in sport and take the total awarded to projects and groups over the past four years to more than £2.5million. It means that 72 grassroots Surrey groups have secured grants thanks to the county’s involvement in RideLondon since the inaugural event in 2013, benefiting local communities for years to come.”

Trevor Lofty, President of the West End Bowls Club, said:

“We are extremely delighted to receive this substantial grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. Their contribution to the cost of extending our building will allow us to make much more use of our facilities, taking it from summer only use to year round use. It will also allow us to initiate indoor short mat bowls throughout the year. Our objective is to provide a facility that encourages people, of all ages, who are currently inactive to be active, improving their health and reducing social isolation.”

Denis Healy, Chairman of Abbey Rangers Football Club, said:

"We are simply thrilled to have secured this funding from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The money, together with further funding being sought from The Football Foundation, will enable us to construct a full size 3G pitch with floodlighting. The net result of this facility being in place is almost incalculable. We currently have in the region of 500 playing members at our club, all of whom will benefit from the new pitch. In addition, we have been working very closely with Chertsey High School that opens next door to us on September 4th 2017. The school and Abbey Rangers Football Club will have shared use of the 3G pitch. In addition, many other members of our local community will also benefit from using the new pitch. It is a fantastic opportunity to encourage so many more people to be engaged in sport throughout Runnymede and beyond."

Bob Amon, former Chairman and Life Member of Egham Cricket Club, said:

"Egham Cricket Club is proud and honoured to receive the grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. We are now able to expand our partnership with the community, develop our relationship with the disabled girls, boys and adults and grow sporting activity in Egham and Runnymede. We thank most sincerely The London Marathon Charitable Trust for awarding Egham Cricket Club the grant."

Roger Chamberlain, former President and Life Member of Camberley Rugby Club, said:

"Camberley Rugby Club, and particularly our Girls and Youth sections, are most grateful and excited with the grant offer received from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. This will enable the Club to construct a new self-contained changing room for Girls and Ladies playing the game, ably supported by our two international England players, Fran and Alex Mathews, who have been on the England Women RFU books since it was formed nearly three years ago. The lack of these facilities has previously held back our development of this sector of rugby in Camberley and meant any aspiring female players have had to leave our club and move to others. With a number of schools to draw on throughout Surrey Heath and the surrounding area, this project will really help the youth players expand from the present numbers of almost 600 players."

David Wright, Chair of the Surrey Hills AONB Board, said:

"The bridleway and byway network in the Surrey Hills offers a wonderful opportunity to access the countryside by bike. This project will help users plan their journey and share their enjoyment of this fantastic traffic free resource. This would not have been possible without the financial support of The London Marathon Charitable Trust funding and the help of Surrey County Council and volunteers at Cycling UK in identifying and surveying the routes."

Other recent projects in Surrey to be awarded grants include:

  • Bagshot and Crawley Rise Tennis Club was awarded a grant of £20,000 towards the resurfacing of two tennis courts which will enable the club to continue to encourage those who are inactive to take up the sport.
  • Staines Boat Club was awarded £110,150 towards a new boat house which will allow the club to offer a wider range of activities.
  • Coopers Hill Recreation Trust received £18,000 towards floodlights for two tennis courts at Coopers Hill, near Englefield Green, to encourage people to participate all year round.
  • Newdigate Cricket Club were given £70,000 for a new Community Pavilion to be used not only by cricketers, scouts and cubs but also for table-tennis, short-mat bowls, Pilates, yoga and many other community activities.

A list and map of other projects can be found here

The other areas eligible to apply for grants from The London Marathon Charitable Trust are the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale. Since it was created in 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than £66.5 million to more than 1,200 projects.

The Trust recently announced its first UK-wide grants programme with the Active Spaces project with Fields in Trust, which will safeguard the future of 50 green spaces across the UK and encourage people to participate in physical activity, sport and play.