New grants totalling almost £2 million announced to get more people active

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has today announced new grants totalling £1,931,500 through its Facilities Grants Programme to get more people doing physical activity. This round of funding takes the total amount awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £84 million.

One of the largest grants awarded in this latest round of funding was £250,000 to the London Borough of Hackney toward a new under 8’s playground and the refurbishment of an existing playground in Springfield Park, to provide new play areas for local children.

Councillor Feryal Clark, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “We’re thrilled to have been successful in our funding bid to The London Marathon Charitable Trust. We’re passionate about creating new spaces for play in our parks and this funding will allow us to create a new play area for younger children, which local people have been telling us they’d like to see.

“The new playground forms part of our wider redevelopment of the park, which will include the restoration of Springfield House and stables, a new community events building and landscaping improvements to the park.”

The Gasworks Dock Partnership was awarded a grant of £150,000 toward a new pontoon and changing facilities at Cody Dock on the River Lea in Newham to get more people taking part in water-based activities.

Simon Myers, Gasworks Dock Partnership’s CEO, said: “Cody Dock is being transformed into a thriving community hub. This next phase will see more people rowing, volunteering, walking and running, as well as the provision of education resources regarding the natural environment.

“The pontoon will be open to registered watersports clubs and support the development of new clubs and supervised activities operating from Cody Dock. We are over the moon about this support from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, which will make such a difference to everyone visiting and working at Cody Dock".

Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club was awarded £150,000 toward the replacement of its ageing clubhouse with a new multi-use, accessible building.

Dr John Greenwood, Chairman of Stretham and Marlborough Cricket Club, said: “This critical funding will ensure the long-term survival and prosperity of our club. Now we will be able to focus our energy on increasing participation, especially in women’s and junior cricket, and to develop the site as a hub for other sporting activities.”

A further £238,000 was awarded in Small Facilities Grants to 16 organisations, including a grant of £20,000 to the Brunswick Club Trust toward replacing its artificial football pitch.

Danny Volino, Club Manager for the Brunswick Club Trust, said: “On behalf of all the children and young people who will soon be playing football on a brand new 3G pitch, we would like to say thank you to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for its generous support. Investing in the health and wellbeing of the next generation is an investment in everyone’s future.”

The Westside Basketball Club in West London was also awarded a Small Facilities Grant of £19,979 toward the provision of portable adjustable basketball nets for children in the local community, some of whom were directly affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Frank Lamptey, Chair of Westside Basketball Club, said: “We are delighted by this opportunity to support the youngest school aged children in the community and those with disabilities.”

A grant of £11,200 was awarded to the London Borough of Harrow toward improvements to an athletics throws cage to ensure it meets the latest safety requirements.

Councillor Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of the Council; Regeneration, Planning & Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “We want to say a big thank you to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for its support in ensuring that Harrow residents of all ages and abilities continue to safely take part in athletics.”

The full list of grants announced by The Trust:

Location Grantee Description Award
London Boroughs \ Hackney


London Borough of Hackney


Towards the creation of a new play area in Springfield Park for under 8s and toddlers near to the main park entrance, and the refurbishment of an existing play area for older children in the lower part of the park. This major investment in play, which contributes to the Springfield Park Renovation project, will encourage more children and families to visit the park, benefit from the improved play facilities and become and remain physically active.




South Northamptonshire


Towcestrians Sports Club


Towards a new all-weather hockey pitch that will allow Towcestrians Sports Club to bring hockey back to their own facilities after a long break and attract many new players of all ages and abilities. 




London Boroughs \ Richmond


London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


Towards the construction and fit-out of a new home for Busen Martial Arts CIO, enabling delivery of an exciting community programme including karate, judo, gymnastics and fitness activities with a particular focus on engaging children and young people in regular physical activity.




London Boroughs \ Ealing


London Borough of Ealing


Towards the development of a pavilion at Blondin Park providing toilets, café facilities and flexible indoor space. The pavilion will provide a base for community groups and organisations delivering activities at the park and will enable users who are autistic the opportunity to learn new skills and increase their physical activity.




London Boroughs \ Newham


Gasworks Dock Partnership


Towards the installation of a new pontoon specifically for water-sports users and the construction of a new purpose made wash-block and changing room facility at Cody Dock to support community participation in physical activities such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, walking and running on and alongside the Lower River Lea.




London Boroughs \ Southwark


Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club


Towards the replacement of Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club's clubhouse with a new multi-use building which will support the long-term sustainability of the organisation, transform the community offer at the site and enable the club to engage with more diverse target audiences including women, girls and people with a disability.




Surrey \ Guildford



Albury Sports Club Limited


Towards the extension and refurbishment of Albury Sports Club in Surrey to provide an additional changing room, a multi-use indoor space and a new storage building, which will enable the Club to offer more opportunities to take part in sports including Football, Cricket and Rounders, and will lead to greater use by local people in the area for cycling, walking and other activities. 




Surrey \ Surrey Heath


The Prospect Trust


Towards the development of a new full size floodlit 3G artificial turf pitch at Tomlinscote School & Sixth Form College, supporting a varied programme of community activity including youth football, walking football, girls' football and sessions targeted at improving mental health and weight management.




Surrey \ Tandridge District Council


Southwark Diocesan Board of Education


Towards a new swimming pool enclosure (for an outdoor pool), improved changing rooms and equipment to support disabled pool access at St Stephen's C of E Primary School in Godstone. The improvements will mean the pool can be used throughout the year and the school can support more children to swim and by promoting greater community use of the facilities the school will encourage more local people and community groups to become physically active.




London Boroughs \ Harrow


Stanmore Bowls Club


Towards the extension and refurbishment of the clubhouse at Stanmore Bowls Club, enabling the club to develop a fully accessible facility with additional equipment for use by beginners and specialist coaching, attract new members and retain existing ones, especially those with disabilities and age-related injuries and illnesses. 




Surrey \ Surrey Heath


Bagshot Playing Fields Association


Towards the refurbishment of the Bagshot Playing Fields Association Pavilion which will attract the local community and participants from surrounding villages to use the facilities, including older participants and people with disabilities. The refurbished pavilion will include a social area for current and new members to improve their well-being and positively impact their mental health by offering a range of physical and social activities.




London Boroughs \ Camden


Coram's Fields & the Harmsworth Memorial Playground


Towards a new piece of bespoke play equipment at the Coram’s Fields playground, which will bring a large area of the playground back in public use, increasing the diversity of the range of equipment on offer and will encourage more children, through enjoyment of play, to be physically active.




London Boroughs \ Hammersmith & Fulham


Brunswick Club Trust


Towards replacing the artificial football pitch at The Brunswick Club, as part of the Club's 70th Anniversary Refurbishment Project, enabling the Club to continue to offer a wide range of affordable football sessions.




London Boroughs \ Kensington & Chelsea


London Borough Kensington


Towards the enhancement of a fitness space in the Ladbroke Grove area with new exercise and gym equipment, which will increase the range of activities on offer from the Council and enable supported families to work together to be physically active . 




London Boroughs \ Kensington & Chelsea


Westside Basketball Club


Towards the provision of portable adjustable basketball nets which Westside Basketball Club will use to deliver a 3-on-3 basketball project for children and young people, including those directly affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, helping to unite local young people and support their physical and mental wellbeing.




London Boroughs \ Newham


Children's Discovery Centre East London


Towards playground equipment at the Children's Discovery Centre in Stratford, East London, including a treehouse, climbing wall, ropes, run-ways and sensory play equipment to support children with disabilities to become physically active and benefit from outdoor play.




London Boroughs \ Newham


Fairbairn Amateur Boxing Club


Towards purchasing equipment for Fairbairn Amateur Boxing Club’s new state of the art boxing gym in the Green Hill Community Centre, providing new opportunities for a diverse range of groups within the local community to participate in physical activity.




Surrey \ Reigate and Banstead Borough Council


Greensand Multi Academy Trust - Reigate School


Towards the installation of floodlights for the MUGA at Reigate School. The improved multi-sports facilities will increase physical activity of Reigate school pupils, members of Greensand Multi Academy Trust and the local community.     




Surrey \ Runnymede Borough Council


Xavier Catholic Education Trust


Towards improvements to the school field at Holy Family Catholic Primary School including the resurfacing of the school field and the incorporation a long jump pit and two-lane all-weather Daily Mile Track for the use of local schools, community organisations and sports clubs.




London Boroughs \ Hillingdon


London Borough of Hillingdon


Towards a needs analysis and feasibility study looking at community cycling facility needs across Hillingdon in partnership with British Cycling and Hillingdon Council.




Surrey \ Spelthorne Borough Council


Spelthorne Borough Council


Towards the creation of a fitness trail with exercise equipment to improve Staines Park in Spelthorne and encourage local people to be physically active.




London Boroughs \ Ealing


London Borough of Ealing


Towards required improvements to the throws safety cage at Perivale Park Athletics Centre, ensuring the continued provision of athletic throwing to a variety of local clubs and schools, introducing more individuals to throwing sports and enabling the development of a disability throwing offer. 




London Boroughs \ Kingston


Kingston Riverside Club CIC


Towards improving the only clay court at Kingston Riverside Club CIC to ensure that is playable throughout the year, encouraging more people and especially older people to play tennis all year round.




London Boroughs \ Tower Hamlets


Bromley by Bow Centre


Towards adaptive bikes and cycling equipment at Bromley-by-Bow Centre as part of the development of an inclusive cycling hub which will provide free cycling sessions open to all, regardless of age, health conditions and disabilities.




London Boroughs \ Harrow


London Borough of Harrow


Towards improvements to the throws safety cage at Bannister Sports Centre, ensuring the continued provision of athletic throwing to a variety of local clubs and schools and enabling the development of a disability throwing offer.  




London Boroughs  \ Hammersmith & Fulham


Fulham Good Neighbour Service


Towards the refurbishment of Rosaline Hall, owned by Fulham Good Neighbour Service, by making the building fully accessible and increase physical activity amongst older disabled people from the local community.




Surrey \ Guildford


East Clandon Parish Council


Towards refurbishing and developing facilities on The Recreation Ground in the village of East Clandon, including replacing the net and hazardous fencing around the tennis court and installing a new football net facility, creating new opportunities for play and physical activity for the local community.




London Boroughs \ Wandsworth


Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC)


Towards replacing Beverley Brook Bridge joining Wimbledon Common to the west side of Beverley Brook in Wandsworth to support increased use by walkers, runners and cyclists and enabling safe access and use of Wimbledon Common and Putney Common.




The next deadline to submit grant applications to The Trust is Wednesday 16 July 2019.