Olympics inspires £410k sports boost plan
A £410,000 boost for sport and fitness in the wake of the Olympics has been proposed by the county council.
Leicestershire County Council’s ruling cabinet meets next week (December 18th) to decide whether to back projects including support for sports clubs, schools and cycling schemes.
The cabinet will decide whether to invest cash from underspends and reserves, to secure an Olympic legacy.
Ernie White, cabinet member for health, said: “Those gold-rush days of the Olympics and Paralympics seem far away now but the county council is determined to invest in a range of schemes, to ensure their sporting legacy lives on.
“There’s no better Olympic legacy for Leicestershire than for each of us to find a physical activity we enjoy and to stick with it, helping to reduce our chances of developing health problems like heart disease and cancer.”
New proposals include:
• A club development programme, offering up to 50 clubs up to £2,000 each to expand their support for young people
• A club facilities improvement legacy fund, offering up to 15-20 clubs up to £7,500 each to buy small items of equipment
• Providing £60,000 for the Sportivate scheme, to encourage inactive young people to do more physical activity
• Investing £44,000 to boost physical activity for pre-school children, by providing training, guidance and resources to up to 80 childcare providers
Proposed support for existing schemes includes:
• £22,000 to support cycling events for children and families
• £15,000 to support motivational school visits by Olympians
• £2,000 to support physical activity in “Knit and Natter” groups
• £10,000 for the sports apprentices scheme
• £2,000 to help local Games Makers take coaching and sports leadership qualifications
• £5,000 to expand the Go Gold scheme to fund talented local athletes
• £30,000 to support school games across the county.
The cabinet will discuss the report when it meets at 2pm on Tuesday, December 18th.