Funding available to help protect and improve sports playing fields

COMMUNITIES in North Tyneside are being encouraged to start bidding for a share of £2m to protect and improve local sports playing fields.

The National Lottery investment is on offer in the latest round of Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund to enhance local playing fields or create new sports pitches.

A total of 21 projects in the north east have already benefited from a total of £927,651 thanks to the initiative, including the creation of a new pitch at a rugby club in Wallsend which previously had to train and play across two sites.

Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for sports groups to celebrate this summer’s Games by improving local sports pitches.

“Every playing field that benefits will be protected from developers for at least 25 years, giving a generation of young people great places to learn sport.”

Through the Protecting Playing Fields fund, Sport England is making investments of between £20,000 and £50,000 to create, improve and protect playing fields.

For more information visit www.sportengland.org