New Year sporting legacy boost for Minima Yacht Club

posted 29 Feb 2012, 05:13 by Graham Morley   [ updated 25 Mar 2012, 01:52 ]
Minima Yacht Club based in Kingston upon Thames has secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.


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.


The project will upgrade the Club’s premises to provide modern toilet, shower and kitchen facilities, disabled/wheelchair access (including to the first floor clubroom and riverside), wooden sports floor, clubroom facilities for extensive daytime use, and a new, inviting club entrance. The upgrade is intended to further open up the facility for disabled, sport and community use.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Minima Yacht Club and Kingston.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in London. 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.”


Denise Norman, Minima Yacht Club’s Honorary Secretary said: “We are delighted to secure this first Inspired Facilities grant which will enable us to make our premises suitable and welcoming for all age groups – including the very young in buggies and those needing assistance/wheelchairs.  We have stunning river views and once upgraded will be able to offer the Kingston community a first class facility for daytime and some evening usage – when our dinghy sailing and canoeing activities are not taking place.


From March to December each year we have river sailing and canoeing – providing residents with much enjoyment and treating visitors to an eye-catching spectacle. Having recently secured a 50 year lease for the Clubhouse premises, with the generous support of Club Members and our bank, this 2012 Olympic legacy grant ensures we have a very bright future. 


“Minima Yacht Club is well known for its warm welcome and access to the club for young and old will now be greatly enhanced. We are delighted that this generous support from the Places People Play fund will allow us to broaden our ability to attract community and sports groups. With new first class facilities we look forward to attracting many new members and getting more people out enjoying the river.”


Local MP for Kingston and Surbiton, the Rt Hon Edward Davey said: “The River Thames, with its beautiful walks and activities, is an important asset to Kingston upon Thames. Minima Yacht Club have worked very hard in recent years, establishing a canoe division to broaden youth appeal and negotiating longer leases with both the local council and Hampton Court Palace for their dinghy park. The Club Members have raised significant funds themselves to both purchase their lease and secure some budget for upgrading.  This 2012 Olympic legacy award from Sport England is much more than the icing on the cake – it ensures this 123 year old Club remains a vibrant facility in the heart of the town – and helps turn even more eyes towards the river. I would encourage more clubs in Kingston to apply to Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund”.


Local Councillor Barry O’Mahony, said:” Minima Yacht Club  is one of Kingston's hidden gems. This grant will allow it to flourish in to becoming a more vibrant part of our Kingston riverside scene. I know the club is keen to expand it's membership across all ages and these improved facilities, including the disabled access, will encourage more use of these wonderful facilities for a wide range of community events.”


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.


The investments announced today will breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, difficult to maintain and run. Grants have also been offered to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport and to allow local clubs to buy the facilities they use.


Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics this summer to inspire a generation to get involved in sport across the country. This is why as part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme we invited community sports clubs to apply for funding to upgrade their facilities.”


Inspired Facilities has been designed to be as simple and accessible as possible for potential applicants, with a shorter form and a catalogue of ready-made options to choose from. This is the first of five funding rounds of Inspired Facilities; the second round opened on 1 February 2012, offering hundreds more local groups the chance to bid for a further £10 million of funding.


Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England. We are 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.


LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: “This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games. It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport.”


The announcement was welcomed by the Local Government Association. Cllr Chris White, Chair of its Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “In spite of budget pressures, councils are striving to keep supporting local sports clubs and want to work with them in creating a lasting and meaningful Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This much-needed funding will hopefully act as a catalyst to further strengthen local partnerships between councils and sports clubs and get more people playing sport.”



Notes to Editors

For more details about the project, please contact Denise Norman, Honorary Secretary on 020 8439 1917 or 07703 255 962 or email

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Inspired Facilities

Inspired Facilities is part of the Places People Play legacy programme. At least £52 million will be invested through Inspired Facilities. Responding to unprecedented demand, Sport England has made over £7 million of additional awards in the first round of investment decisions, taking the total to over £17 million[1]. There will be four more funding rounds as part of Inspired Facilities, with the second round opening on 1 February 2012.


At least £35 million of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining funding will be open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.


To make sure the technical elements of the application process don’t put off groups with good projects, Sport England has created a catalogue of typical facilities developments and improvements, based on what sports clubs have told us they need.


Sport England

Sport England is focused on the delivery of a mass participation legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We invest National Lottery and Exchequer funding in organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.


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