Surrey awarded £500,000 to get people active

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has awarded grants totalling £500,900 to eight projects in Surrey to get more people active as part of its July 2019 round of funding.

Surrey became eligible to apply for grants from The Trust in 2013 when the first annual Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling was held. Since then, a total of more than £4,300,000 in grants has been awarded to 70 projects in Surrey as a direct benefit of Prudential RideLondon.

In July, four major grants were awarded in Surrey including to the Albury Sports Club in Guildford, which is located on the 100-mile sportive route. The Club was awarded £150,000 towards the extension and refurbishment of its clubhouse for new changing rooms, an indoor sports facility and storage space.

A further £150,000 grant was awarded to The Prospect Trust in Surrey Heath towards the development of a new full-size floodlit 3G artificial turf pitch at Tomlinscote School & Sixth Form College to allow more students and in particular girls to play football and other sports.

St Stephen's C of E Primary School in Tandridge was awarded a grant of £94,000 towards a new swimming pool enclosure with improved changing rooms and disabled pool access equipment, so that the pool can be used by the community all year round.

A major grant of £50,000 was awarded to Bagshot Playing Fields Association in Surrey Heath to encourage participation by new users.  Funding will go towards the refurbishment of the changing facilities and toilets within the club’s pavilion.

Four small grants were announced for projects in Surrey with £20,000 awarded to the Greensand Multi Academy Trust towards the installation of floodlights at Reigate School’s multi-use games area so that students and local residents can use the space more often.

Wendy Hill, Business Director at Greensand Multi Academy Trust said: “With this funding we will be able to offer more opportunities to people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and abilities to get active through sport within the local area. There is a real shortage of floodlit facilities within Reigate, so this project will have an immediate positive impact on our students and the wider community.”

Xavier Catholic Education Trust was awarded a grant of £16,800 for Holy Family Catholic Primary School toward the re-surfacing of its grass pitch, installation of a long jump pit and 200m running track and the renovation of its pergola and equipment shed.

Steve Tindall, Headteacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School said: “We are absolutely thrilled for this opportunity to improve our health and fitness facilities. The installation of a The Daily Mile track and long jump pit will allow us to further extend our physical activity across our whole school and to the local community.

“We are passionate about enhancing the physical and mental health of all. As a small school, this grant is a massive boost in our on-going efforts. On behalf of everyone in the Holy Family community, we offer our sincere thanks.”
Spelthorne Borough Council was awarded £15,000 towards the creation of a fitness trail with exercise equipment in Staines Park to create a series of fitness stations for local people.  

Councillor Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: “We are delighted to be working with The London Marathon Charitable Trust. Staines Park is an important part of our local community and we hope that the new fitness trail and exercise equipment will inspire local residents to use the park and become more physically active.”

Catherine Moore, Chairperson for the Staines Park Residents Association said: “Having surveyed our members, a fitness trail was identified as the most popular improvement to the park and facilities that both young and old can enjoy.”

A grant of £5,100 was awarded to East Clandon Parish Council in Guildford, to replace a tennis court net, football net and fencing.

Sibylla Tindale, Chair of East Clandon Parish Council said: “These new facilities will provide huge encouragement for children in the village to play different types of sport. What a boost for our young people, for our families and their grandparents to enjoy sport in our lovely recreation ground. Thank you so very much to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.”

The Trust accepts applications for its Facilities Grants Programme from projects that are taking place London and Surrey.

Applications are considered according to The Trust’s eligibility criteria including whether they meet The Trust’s core mission: to enable people become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background and challenge inequality of access to physical activity

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