Clubs share £130k as part of Olympic legacy

Three sports clubs in the borough are celebrating a financial boost as part of the Olympic Legacy.

A year on from the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a total of 22 sports clubs in the region are sharing £1.1m from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.

And the three clubs to benefit in North Tyneside are Tynemouth Sailing Club, Murton Equestrian Centre and Tynemouth Golf Club.

Sport England chairman Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facilities in hundreds of communities.

“The great news for sports clubs across the country is that we’re putting an extra £40m into Inspired Facilities so many more projects will benefit in the coming years.”

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “This £40m injection of National Lottery funding will be a huge boost to local sports facilities across the country.

“Coming a year on from hosting the London 2012 Games it demonstrates our commitment to a tangible and long lasting sports legacy.”

Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from October 21. For more visit

Club aims to sail into brighter future with cash boost

Officials at Tynemouth Sailing Club are celebrating after securing £50,000 Olympic Legacy funding to improve their facilities.

Staff at the club, based at The Haven in Tynemouth, say they will use the money to part fund the refurbishment of their headquarters, which includes replacing their heating system and improvements to the changing facilities.

Mike Shipway, vice commodore and training principal at the club, said: “We are very grateful to Sport England for this award which recognises the work we do in the local community, with North Tyneside schools and other groups.

“This Sport England grant will be used to part fund our refurbishment, which includes the replacement of our 40-year-old heating system and improvements to our changing facilities and showers.

“These improvements will help to make the club much more usable and comfortable during the colder months of the year. It is part of our plan to increase our members and double our activity level over the next five years.

“As a recognised RYA training centre, we already run adult and children taster sessions throughout the sailing season and our new improvements should be ready to welcome new sailors and potential members by the end of March 2014.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said: “It’s great news to see the legacy of a very successful Olympics and Paralympics.

“We have a strong sailing tradition locally not least through the fantastic products of Ovington bats but also the huge part played in our local community by groups like Tynemouth Sailing Club.

“Improving the facilities will hopefully attract more members and bring even more people into the sport.”

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Big plans to improve riding centre

Murton Equestrian Centre has received £35,500 from the Sport England fund to improve their facilities at the centre based in Murton village.

The funding will be used to refurbish and develop its long-standing indoor riding arena in order to improve facilities for riders of all ages.

The improvements include a new surface allowing for more advanced riding and greater impact protection for horse and rider, energy efficient lighting to allow evening and winter riding and a new two-tier viewing gallery for spectators.

Club chairperson Leigh Belbin said: “Embracing and channelling the Olympic legacy is very important to us as it helps us to inspire, encourage and guide our riders.

“We are enormously grateful for the award and very excited about the improvements this will allow us to make to the centre.

“The centre has a vital role in the lives of local children and families and we are looking forward to sharing this award with them by providing improved facilities and services.

“What’s more, the improvements will offer greater accessibility and enhanced riding opportunities for disabled riders too.

“This award will help to secure the future of the centre and allow us to ensure that riders of all ages and abilities can continue to experience the benefits of equestrian sport.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said: “I’d like to congratulate Murton Equestrian Centre for achieving this welcome investment.

“Refurbishing the indoor riding school will help attract more people to the sport, particularly people with a disability. It’s a great opportunity for the centre to do even more good work.”

Centenary celebrations in the swing thanks to fund

Tynemouth Golf Club are planning to spend the £44,600 cash boost from Sport England on improving facilities to entice more people to take up the sport.

The club will use the funding to develop its practice area into an all-year-round facility with purpose build driving bays, a mini par 3 layout, ball dispensing and collecting equipment. There will also be an upgrading and refurbishment of the ladies washroom.

Club chairman Brian Cocksedge said: “We are extremely delighted in our centenary year to receive this funding which will deliver enhanced practice facilities offering year-round programmes of tailored coaching for all abilities.

“Improving the ladies clubhouse facilities will provide those standards expected by younger women golfers.

“These improvements will under-pin our continuing objective of attracting more people from within our community to participate in golf as a sport.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said: “I would like to thank Sports England for this award and congratulate Tynemouth Golf Club on all their hard work to achieve it.

“I was pleased to support their efforts. Tynemouth Golf Club is an important part of our local community and I am sure this award will enable them to do even more to encourage grassroots golf.”

To mark the cash boost, the club are holding a free taster session on selected weekends in September. To register your interest email