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26th March 2012, 2:33pm
Sporting legacy boost for cricket ground development
The cheque is presented to the University The University of Lincoln has secured £85,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.

The funding will help to build new changing room facilities at the Sobraon Cricket Ground in Lincoln and thereby open up the site for the development of the sport at a range of levels.

The University is working with the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Cricket Board and the English Cricket Board to regenerate the facilities at the ground, which has been used for cricket for more than 60 years.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: "The University of Lincoln is committed to serving the future needs of our students and to supporting our local community through a true partnership ethos. This cricket development will enhance our student experience and increase participation across the community.
"Sport England has been a significant player in providing a sporting 2012 cricketing legacy here in the city and it will be wonderful to see cricket once again played in this iconic setting."

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for the development of cricket at the Sobraon ground in Lincoln.
“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the East Midlands. It shows we're offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better."

The project is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.

Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.

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